We’ve gotten to the point now where all future casting news for The Dark Knight Rises look to concern small name stars signing on for Christopher Nolan’s final cinematic outing with Batman in unspecified supporting roles – at least, until we learn exactly what roles Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard are up for.

Case in point: Three more actors have signed on for Batman 3, which now includes Rescue Me star Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman of Torchwood fame, and Diego Klattenhoff (Mercy, Men in Trees).

Variety writer Jeff Sneider tweeted that all three of these gentlemen will help fill out the cast of Dark Knight Rises, which recently added Josh Pence in a significant role that has strong implications for what part Cotillard may be up for in the film (hint: it’s the one everyone keeps suspecting she’ll play).

Additional newcomers to Nolan’s Caped Crusader franchise include Juno Temple as “a street-smart Gotham gal,” Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman), and Tom Hardy as Bane, an intelligent thug who looks to give Batman (Christian Bale) a run for his money in the physical-strength department.

There’s been no official word on how Dark Knight Rises will bring Nolan’s Batman trilogy full circle, but we’ve heard a number of rumors about – among other things – how the villains will fit into the picture. Whether said ideas are all just bits of misinformation that’ve been spread by Camp Nolan has yet to be revealed, but I’ll be more surprised if that doesn’t turn out to be the case, by and large.

Nolan’s attempt to fill out the Dark Knight Rises supporting cast with thespians that often play main or central characters in other movies and television shows doesn’t surprise me. I doubt anyone is seriously uninterested in signing on for the new Batman pic, seeing as it’s in a position to be not only a monster at the box office but a critical darling as well. So Nolan basically has his pick of the crop, when it comes to signing actors and actresses.

A number of the pieces to the Dark Knight Rises puzzle have been laid out, but it’s still very much anyone’s guess as to how they all fit together. Production will begin soon in Pittsburgh, which it seems, will “play” Gotham this time around – taking over from Chicago in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. That doesn’t mean the threequel won’t include aerial footage or establishing shots of the Windy City’s skyline, but the street footage will apparently consist primarily of material shot in Pennsylvania.

The Dark Knight Rises on July 20th, 2012. How do you think it’ll all play out?

Source: Jeff Sneider