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An internet rumor turns out to be true? Marion Cotillard is talks for Dark Knight Rises

02.14.2011

Rumors started running wild this weekend that Marion Cotillard had joined the cast of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, presumably as Talia al Ghul. But the report came from a Google translation of a French website and that seemed sketchy at best (especially considering how airtight Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. have kept the casting process). But wouldn't ya know it? Turns out Marion Cotillard is, in fact, in talks to reteam with Christopher Nolan for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

The Hollywood Reporter got in touch with Cotillard's reps who confirmed that she is in "discussions" to join the film but cautioned that nothing is set in stone yet. The biggest obstacle would seem to be the actress' pregnancy. Her due date is this spring and filming is set to begin on TDKR in the summer. Would she be physically ready for the film (or, perhaps more importantly, mentally ready)?

The role is being described as a "romantic lead" for Bruce Wayne though speculation has frequently turned to Talia al Ghul as the likely candidate for the part. Talia is the daughter of Ras al Ghul, who you saw Batman defeat in BATMAN BEGINS. (Hmm, think she might be a little upset about that?) THR notes that Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz all read for the role in the past weeks.

That looks to be the last major piece of casting for THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, should Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt officially sign on to the film. What do you think of how the cast has shaped up so far?

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1:53PM on 02/15/2011

Wow!

Eames, Arthur and now Mal join the cast opposite Border and Cutter.

I think that if you really hit it off with Nolan, you'll always have a job with him. Still an impressive cast, but at this rate we'll never see Bob in the Real Rocknrolla.
Eames, Arthur and now Mal join the cast opposite Border and Cutter.

I think that if you really hit it off with Nolan, you'll always have a job with him. Still an impressive cast, but at this rate we'll never see Bob in the Real Rocknrolla.
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9:33AM on 02/15/2011
Just in response to everybody suggesting Harley Quinn. You CAN'T introduce that character w/out the Joker. If Ledger was still w/ us and reprising the role, maybe they could have slipped her in there. Forget about her . . .
Just in response to everybody suggesting Harley Quinn. You CAN'T introduce that character w/out the Joker. If Ledger was still w/ us and reprising the role, maybe they could have slipped her in there. Forget about her . . .
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2:01AM on 02/15/2011

Badassery

This might be the best cast for a superhero move ever!
This might be the best cast for a superhero move ever!
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11:53PM on 02/14/2011

No

Only because I really think there's enough inception actors. It'll be distracting.
Only because I really think there's enough inception actors. It'll be distracting.
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11:17PM on 02/14/2011

Badassness!

I don't know why people are complaining about this being an "Inception reunion" or that Marion doesn't fit the film. I have faith in Chris Nolan, and the way this is shaping up I dare say it'll be better than The Dark Knight. She could play Vickie Vale, or Talia, or even swap seats with Hathaway to play Catwoman, I seriously don't care, the fact is she brings quality to her work and being in TDKR would only make it better.

Still hoping JGL lends himself to a Joker cameo, though. Disagree
I don't know why people are complaining about this being an "Inception reunion" or that Marion doesn't fit the film. I have faith in Chris Nolan, and the way this is shaping up I dare say it'll be better than The Dark Knight. She could play Vickie Vale, or Talia, or even swap seats with Hathaway to play Catwoman, I seriously don't care, the fact is she brings quality to her work and being in TDKR would only make it better.

Still hoping JGL lends himself to a Joker cameo, though. Disagree with me all you want, but it'll be awesome when it happens.
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11:06PM on 02/14/2011

What is this?

No thank you. Not a fan of her. One of the few things I disliked about Inception. I've said it before Nolan seems to miss casting the females in my eyes...and no they don't have to be full blown hotties...I'm talking actresses with talent. Not that Collitard doesn't have talent. Speaking of Inception, is this turning into a reunion or what? I know hollywood types are all about keeping it in the fraternity, buy Jesus!
No thank you. Not a fan of her. One of the few things I disliked about Inception. I've said it before Nolan seems to miss casting the females in my eyes...and no they don't have to be full blown hotties...I'm talking actresses with talent. Not that Collitard doesn't have talent. Speaking of Inception, is this turning into a reunion or what? I know hollywood types are all about keeping it in the fraternity, buy Jesus!
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8:39PM on 02/14/2011
Fingers crossed very hard
Fingers crossed very hard
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7:18PM on 02/14/2011
I think she could be a reporter trying to uncover batman's identity after the events of The Dark Knight. I'm not sure Talia would make sense with Catwoman also in the film. Anyway, if there is anything better than a Nolan batman movie, its the hype leading up to said movie. I'm sad this will be the last Batman films of his I have to look forward to.
I think she could be a reporter trying to uncover batman's identity after the events of The Dark Knight. I'm not sure Talia would make sense with Catwoman also in the film. Anyway, if there is anything better than a Nolan batman movie, its the hype leading up to said movie. I'm sad this will be the last Batman films of his I have to look forward to.
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5:41PM on 02/14/2011
Not a fan of Cotillard. Never understood the hype. Any of those mentioned above would be better, and Rose Byrne would be perfect.
Not a fan of Cotillard. Never understood the hype. Any of those mentioned above would be better, and Rose Byrne would be perfect.
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4:50PM on 02/14/2011

also

bringing in talia and alberto means TDKR will have brought back everything leftover from BB while picking up after TDK, wrapping all the storylines/archs perfectly.
all we need is another small update on scarecrows status (like TD lol) and everything would be perfect.
also, I think using The Joker can still be done. just not visually. imagine Batman having to use audio tape recordings (like the ones in the recent Batman game) from arkhams archives to solve his current problem. it'd be a nice
bringing in talia and alberto means TDKR will have brought back everything leftover from BB while picking up after TDK, wrapping all the storylines/archs perfectly.
all we need is another small update on scarecrows status (like TD lol) and everything would be perfect.
also, I think using The Joker can still be done. just not visually. imagine Batman having to use audio tape recordings (like the ones in the recent Batman game) from arkhams archives to solve his current problem. it'd be a nice nod to the character and he'd get to hear his voice again (maybe from leftover/extra recordings of Ledger?)
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4:45PM on 02/14/2011
Remarkable cast, even in the shadow of Heath Ledger's Joker. Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is going to be EPIC. Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Hot damn.
Remarkable cast, even in the shadow of Heath Ledger's Joker. Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is going to be EPIC. Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Hot damn.
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4:42PM on 02/14/2011

so far so good

cotillard is perfect for talia>the look and accent.
jgl will be alberto falcone> hires Bane to break/ruin Batman like he did Carmine. Bane will not just want to break Batman and will go off on a one-man (drug induced?) rampage. seen Bronson? >perfect villain. even with the accent.
catwoman will serve as the distraction for batman the whole movie as she always has. he will more than likely realize this and get her out of his life so he can do what needs to be done (BB) which is ruin alberto
cotillard is perfect for talia>the look and accent.
jgl will be alberto falcone> hires Bane to break/ruin Batman like he did Carmine. Bane will not just want to break Batman and will go off on a one-man (drug induced?) rampage. seen Bronson? >perfect villain. even with the accent.
catwoman will serve as the distraction for batman the whole movie as she always has. he will more than likely realize this and get her out of his life so he can do what needs to be done (BB) which is ruin alberto and end the crime families once and for all.
Batman will end up with Talia because of his and her fathers deep yet complicated rel. he will have finally found true love, leave batman behind, and have a child, ending the trilogy perfectly.
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4:17PM on 02/14/2011
I have faith in Nolan and the cast is really coming together, but dear lord, don't fuck this up!
I have faith in Nolan and the cast is really coming together, but dear lord, don't fuck this up!
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3:41PM on 02/14/2011
Great freakin cast. Can't freakin wait.
Great freakin cast. Can't freakin wait.
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2:42PM on 02/14/2011
I don't think Catwoman would care about stopping a crime spree that Harley Quinn is on. Cotillard could make for an interesting Harley, but I'm not sure what purpose she would serve in this story...?
I don't think Catwoman would care about stopping a crime spree that Harley Quinn is on. Cotillard could make for an interesting Harley, but I'm not sure what purpose she would serve in this story...?
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2:00PM on 02/14/2011

What if...

She's playing Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn. They could do a story where The Joker is giving her orders to commit crimes from his jail cell and Catwoman is trying to stop her. Bruce could try to help Catwoman stop Harley but he's got Bane to worry about all while realizing that Catwoman is only trying to stop Harley for her own selfish reasons. Anyways, I think this is good casting and this movie is going to be great!
She's playing Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn. They could do a story where The Joker is giving her orders to commit crimes from his jail cell and Catwoman is trying to stop her. Bruce could try to help Catwoman stop Harley but he's got Bane to worry about all while realizing that Catwoman is only trying to stop Harley for her own selfish reasons. Anyways, I think this is good casting and this movie is going to be great!
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1:25PM on 02/14/2011
Marion should be Catwoman.
Marion should be Catwoman.
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12:53PM on 02/14/2011

Star studded Cast

it depends on the roles they are both up for yeah Marions role is kind of a no brainer but wtf is JGLs i really hope that there isnt a million villians in this but then again christopher is probably the one director that can pull that off. lol what next ellen page for the role of harley quinn. I say yes to JGL
it depends on the roles they are both up for yeah Marions role is kind of a no brainer but wtf is JGLs i really hope that there isnt a million villians in this but then again christopher is probably the one director that can pull that off. lol what next ellen page for the role of harley quinn. I say yes to JGL
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12:38PM on 02/14/2011
too bad they didnt cast Marion in The Dark Knight to take over Katie Holmes role instead of forcing me to have to look at Maggie Gyllenhalls Mutt face the whole movie.. If that were the case then i would have actually been upset when Rachel dies in the movie..
too bad they didnt cast Marion in The Dark Knight to take over Katie Holmes role instead of forcing me to have to look at Maggie Gyllenhalls Mutt face the whole movie.. If that were the case then i would have actually been upset when Rachel dies in the movie..
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12:02PM on 02/14/2011
Ok, so what part will DiCaprio be reading for? He's gotta be in there if they want the ENTIRE cast from inception.
Ok, so what part will DiCaprio be reading for? He's gotta be in there if they want the ENTIRE cast from inception.
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12:00PM on 02/14/2011
Gets more interesting every day. W/ it getting so crowded w/ characters from the Bat-Verse, and I'm STILL hoping, in spite of the possible addition of Talia, that Hugo Strange is included, I'm getting more & more convinced that we'll be seeing Selina Kyle but no Catwoman. And I have no problem w/ that whatsoever . . .
Gets more interesting every day. W/ it getting so crowded w/ characters from the Bat-Verse, and I'm STILL hoping, in spite of the possible addition of Talia, that Hugo Strange is included, I'm getting more & more convinced that we'll be seeing Selina Kyle but no Catwoman. And I have no problem w/ that whatsoever . . .
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12:00PM on 02/14/2011
I like her as Talia a lot more than Catwoman, but if she is indeed the love interest I hope we don't get a goofy love triangle like Spider-Man 3, but one that follows similar to The Prestige.
I like her as Talia a lot more than Catwoman, but if she is indeed the love interest I hope we don't get a goofy love triangle like Spider-Man 3, but one that follows similar to The Prestige.
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11:59AM on 02/14/2011
Nothing against Hathaway and I'm sure she'd be fine.

But Marion is PERFECT for the role of Catwoman.
Nothing against Hathaway and I'm sure she'd be fine.

But Marion is PERFECT for the role of Catwoman.
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11:59AM on 02/14/2011
Bane teamed up with Ra's Al Ghul once.. so I wonder if they will flip it around somehow.
Bane teamed up with Ra's Al Ghul once.. so I wonder if they will flip it around somehow.
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11:10AM on 02/14/2011

Nice!

She's a perfect cast for Talia. She's sexy, has an accent and can pour on the intensity at the drop of a hat. Her performance in Inception really was part of what made it all work.
She's a perfect cast for Talia. She's sexy, has an accent and can pour on the intensity at the drop of a hat. Her performance in Inception really was part of what made it all work.
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11:04AM on 02/14/2011
She would be a perfect Thalia, jusy perfect. Only problem is I think she could easily out-cat Hathaway.
She would be a perfect Thalia, jusy perfect. Only problem is I think she could easily out-cat Hathaway.
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11:01AM on 02/14/2011
Sounds good to me. I'm very skeptical that she is playing TALIA. It seems like the League of Shadows stuff is over and Nolan would be best served to move the story forward rather than revolve the whole thing around a revenge plot led by Talia and/or Bane to get Bruce Wayne for killing Ras. I could be wrong, but I think we'll see Cotillard as Bruce's lady friend and 4-5 scenes and that's about it. If Selena is the bad girl, we need a good girl to balance that and Cotillard could play that well.
Sounds good to me. I'm very skeptical that she is playing TALIA. It seems like the League of Shadows stuff is over and Nolan would be best served to move the story forward rather than revolve the whole thing around a revenge plot led by Talia and/or Bane to get Bruce Wayne for killing Ras. I could be wrong, but I think we'll see Cotillard as Bruce's lady friend and 4-5 scenes and that's about it. If Selena is the bad girl, we need a good girl to balance that and Cotillard could play that well.
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10:49AM on 02/14/2011

Marion Cotillard perfect as Talia al Ghul

Just get this film made already!
Just get this film made already!
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10:02AM on 02/14/2011
I'd be perfectly fine with this. It blew my mind a little when I read that Kate Winslet had read for the role, though. I'd love to see her in a huge action blockbuster like this sometime in the future. I like seeing great actors out of their usual element.
I'd be perfectly fine with this. It blew my mind a little when I read that Kate Winslet had read for the role, though. I'd love to see her in a huge action blockbuster like this sometime in the future. I like seeing great actors out of their usual element.
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9:48AM on 02/14/2011

Man oh Man

If this really is the last one of Nolan's Batman movies, he's going out with guns a blazing with this cast.
If this really is the last one of Nolan's Batman movies, he's going out with guns a blazing with this cast.
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9:45AM on 02/14/2011
This flick has characters up the wazoo.
This flick has characters up the wazoo.
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9:44AM on 02/14/2011
This is getting to be like Inception reunion. Just kidding, hehe. Good casting so far. I have faith in you, Mr. Nolan!
This is getting to be like Inception reunion. Just kidding, hehe. Good casting so far. I have faith in you, Mr. Nolan!
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9:30AM on 02/14/2011

Great casting

This would be great casting.

I would be fine with her playing Talia al Ghul, even though I thought she would have been a great Catwoman.

Hopefully, we get conformation that Gordon Levitt in in this too.

Just looking at this cast alone, makes me wish this movie was opening in theaters this weekend.
This would be great casting.

I would be fine with her playing Talia al Ghul, even though I thought she would have been a great Catwoman.

Hopefully, we get conformation that Gordon Levitt in in this too.

Just looking at this cast alone, makes me wish this movie was opening in theaters this weekend.
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