March 18, 2011
After weeks of quiet negotiations, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to re-team with his “Inception” director Christopher Nolan on “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Additionally, indie sensation Juno Temple is being eyed for a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl. Warner Bros. and reps for both thesps declined to comment.
Speculation has run rampant regarding what character Gordon-Levitt will play, though the part is being kept under wraps. Blogs have pegged the part as The Riddler or, more likely, Deadshot, a member of the villainous League of Shadows, but Nolan has elected to keep fans in the dark … for now.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker continues to fine-tune the script as the start of production grows closer. He’s also serving as a creative consultant on another WB superhero franchise, Zack Snyder’s “Superman,” which now has Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane onboard.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is scheduled for release on July 20, 2012.
Since Gordon-Levitt was first reported last month as being in talks for “Dark Knight,” he hasn’t signed on for any more projects, and his summer remains wide open. Thesp next stars opposite Natalie Portman in the indie drama “Hesher,” which Wrekin Hill recently acquired, with plans to release the long-delayed film in April. He’ll also be seen alongside Seth Rogen in Jonathan Levine’s cancer comedy “50/50,” which Summit will release on Sept. 30.
Gordon-Levitt recently wrapped David Koepp’s thriller “Premium Rush,” which Columbia plans to open Jan. 13. He’s currently filming Rian Johnson’s sci-fi pic “Looper,” which co-stars Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.
Temple, who can now be seen in Jordan Scott’s “Cracks” and Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom,” has two Sundance pics in the can — Elgin James’ “Little Birds” and last year’s festival hit “Dirty Girl.” She recently wrapped starring roles in the indies “Killer Joe” opposite Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, as well as “Jack and Diane.” Additionally, thesp plays Queen Anne in Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation of “The Three Musketeers,” and is gearing up to co-star in the indie thriller “A Single Shot.”