Marion Cotillard in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ after all? [Update]

Update 02/14/11: Marion Cotillard’s rep has confirmed that she’s “in talks”. Read the full story here.

Back in January it was reported that Marion Cotillard was pregnant with her first child. After being on rumored short lists for The Dark Knight Rises, many believed her pregnancy would prevent her from joining the cast. Well now, according to French publication Le Figaro, Cotillard may be joining The Dark Knight Rises cast after all. The article is in French, but here’s a rough Google translation:

Marion Cotillard in “Batman 3”. The actress, who is expecting a child in the spring with Guillaume Canet, will be scarce this year. She’ll do a single film and her choice fell on Batman 3. This blockbuster produced by Warner Bros.. enables her to work with the director Christopher Nolan, with whom she had turned very successful sci-fi Inception. Marion Cotillard will join the filming this summer in Los Angeles. She will share the bill with Anne Hathaway.

Marion is expected to give birth this May, but she would have enough time to prepare for The Dark Knight Rises later this year– it’s shooting from May until November. With the heavy rumors that Talia will be in the movie, is Marion Cotillard the second female lead?

SOURCE: Le Figaro

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  • Anonymous

    Oh God please let this be true! If she plays Talia it would be brilliant!

    • Cynactic

      Talia better be French!!!

      • Agentmi6

        Marion is French.

  • oh my god please please please be true!

  • James

    I think this would be a great choice. Marion is an underrated actress who is finally catching a break, and would fit well in the Nolan universe. I don’t know about Talia though. I just don’t think she’s a strong character…

    • Rocky

      She does have an Oscar, so I wouldn’t say underrated…

    • guy

      finally catching a break? She won an oscar already you idiot

  • a fan

    this would be awsome…but still, I think that Portman would be the best choise for Talia, becouse she just look´s beautiful. Cotillard is great, but for me, Portman would be even better…..imagine Cotillard + Hathaway, this will be ssssmoking hot ;)…if it is true

  • Simon

    Cotillard is beautiful, I like her even more than Hathaway but she’s gonna play Catwoman, shouldn’t it be the other way around, with Hathaway playing Talia or some other love-interest?

    But that’s just my opinion, Nolan knows what he’s doing after all :)
    Can’t wait for the movie!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow ! big news , racking my brain and the only obvious choice is Tailia , if this is TRUE , this is how i see it going , Europien based Talia , out for revenge , needs a physical ally , contacts Europiean based BANE ( Romainia filming ) in a similar way the blue flowerss were used in BB , Tailia will supply Bane with a power enhancer ( VENOM) , They head to Gotham to BREAK THE BAT ! Just a guess ! BRING IT ON !

  • Manoschaos

    It’s probably true. The french source is citing it as a given so it’s a slip up on Cotillard’s part.
    I Expect a Warner Bros announcement by tomorrow

  • YES! This would be awesome!

  • Ryan

    Why does everyone want talia in the film she isn’t even a good character

    • Talia is a good character. Her only problem is to be very loyal to her father,but she is an interesting character.

      • Ryan

        I disagree I grew up with the animated series and found she was boring and never brought nothing to the story the only way bringing her into it would be good is if they brought back ras al gul but that ain’t happening

        • Anonymous

          That’s great that you did, Ryan, but maybe you should read the source material before you form opinions about how interesting a character could be. I find that Talia al Ghul IS interesting, even if I don’t want her in the movie.

          • Rocky

            I read the source material, I also find Talia a bit of a snore-fest. Not a patch on a patch of her father.

        • you watched the animated series… but if you read the actual comics you’d know Talia is a great character.

          • Ryan

            Yh but the character doesn’t appeal to me I’d rather the penguin or a better known character

    • deathstroke the terminator

      Um she is a fantastic character,if anything its penguin the ever lame fatass who sucks

  • Yes please!
    Marion as Talia would be AWESOME!!
    Make it happen!

  • Im no expert in pregnancy but doesent that mean that her tummy will be huge!?

    • It’ll probably take a couple months before she loses her pregnancy weight. That’s why I think that if this rumor is true, she could start filming later this summer.

  • Anonymous

    Vicki Vale. I just think it’s very unlikely that Thalia or any league of shadows connection would be in included when 1) no Liam neeson and 2) the al ghouls were completely absent from middle film. It’s a bit much to ask the audience to remember everything that happened in BB, without a through line. These are self contained films

    • Dmorley21

      There’s no reason a movie with Talia couldn’t be self-contained. She just needs to mention that Batman “killed” her father and that should be enough reason for her to seek revenge to someone who hasn’t seen BB.

    • I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to ask the audience to remember one of the primary villains from Begins. And I don’t mean that to be rude, but I think the majority of the audience for TDKR will have already watched Begins.

  • Thejokersmiles13

    Wow! this is awesome news and interesting cuz Nolan has never worked with the same actress twice in any of his films so if this is true he liked her as an actress. There has to be an anouncement coming any day confirming her role and JGL’s role. Nolan is really bringin out the big guns for this one so many brillant and incredible actors, to quote the Joker “where do we begin?”

  • Thejokersmiles13

    Wow! this is awesome news and interesting cuz Nolan has never worked with the same actress twice in any of his films so if this is true he must of really liked her as an actress. There has to be an anouncement coming any day confirming her role and JGL’s role. Nolan is really bringin out the big guns for this one so many brillant and incredible actors, to quote the Joker “where do we begin?’

  • Marion is great, I hope this is true! :)

  • Robj

    RED CLAW..

  • One-eyed Willie

    @Juli Balehead: Are you happy now??? Talia still on the run, girl… put your razorblade and pills aside! ;)

    • Yeah but I´m still not convinced…until we get an official announcement.
      I don´t want to create too much expections and to be disappointed after.
      But I hope in prayer that Talia is really in the movie.

  • Jowyulrich

    if this is true then the title should be changed into Inception part II

  • Anonymous

    I think we may have jumped the gun on Tailia , admitly i can not think of another foriegn female character she could be ! but i think NEPENTHES made a great point that Nolan only makes ” self contained movies ” and this makes me feel Nolan want revisit Batman Begins territory !

  • Ingrid

    I will be so pissed off if she is in this movie and not as Catwoman.

  • I cant wait for the Movie, I just hope they dont over do it! how are they gonna bring in another big character, I hope it all fits in Nicely

  • Gott

    If this is true, great news!!!
    Marion is fantastic, i think her performance in “La Vie en Rose” is the most outstanding performance i’ve ever seen by an actress.

  • FanOfNolan

    I hope this is true. I would’ve preferred her as Selina Kyle instead of Anne Hathaway, but perhaps she couldn’t do a convincing American accent. Or maybe Nolan thinks she’d be a better fit for Talia. If that’s the case, it might explain why Nolan chose to include Bane. Perhaps Talia enlisted Bane to get her revenge on Bruce. If that’s the case, we might see Selina Kyle emerge more as an ally to Batman. I just hope this isn’t yet another false rumor. I’m getting tired of those. In the last 3 weeks, we’ve heard Robin Williams, then JGL, and now this. Enough already.

    • Well, to be fair: JGL, I think is a sure shot. This one just sounds good. As for Robin Williams, I think that was just Jett tooting his own horn, and he even admitted there was nothing concrete to that.

  • I’m pretty sure she will play Julie Madison. She resembles her pin-up style, especially in Public Enemies: ;

    • Anonymous


    • Julie Madison is american.Marion is french.
      Julie Madison with a french accent? Vicky Vale with french accent?
      I don´t think so.
      And neither as Sofia Falcone…an american character with italian last name and a french accent? I also don´t think so.
      And nor Sarah Essen.
      Why somebody would come from France to be a cop in one of the most dangerous american cities?
      I don´t think so.
      Marion if she is in the movie will play Talia Al Ghul or another character created specillay for the film.
      But I still think it´s gonna be Talia.

      • Why does she need her accent? Oldman and Bale are both from the UK, but they use American accents. On Chuck, Yvonne Strahovski is Australian and uses an American accent. The new Superman is British and is expected to use an American accent, and although nothing’s been confirmed, I think we all expect Hardy will use something other than his British accent. Why couldn’t Cotillard do the same for Julie Madson or Vicky Vale?

  • minusthefights

    With the rumour of JGL playin alberto falcone, would it not make more sence for MC to play Kitrina Falcone rather than having two storylines relating to the 1st film?
    Also Kitrina Falcone has a clear link to Selina!

  • Google translate!? You lazy bastards.

  • Aandunno

    She should be Catwoman, and everyone knows it.