It’s official: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ will film in Pittsburgh

Update 04/06/11: Check out this great article from Complex: 5 Pittsburgh Locations Christopher Nolan Should Use In The Dark Knight Rises

After many back-and-forth rumors, Pittsburgh, PA has been named an official shooting location for The Dark Knight Rises. Christopher Nolan was spotted in Pittsburgh back in February, and it seems like he found everything he was looking for. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the story and has an official comment from Nolan:

“Pittsburgh is a beautiful city,” the London-born director said in a statement. “We have been able to find everything we were looking for here, and I am excited to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with our final installment of Batman.”

The article also has an interesting bit of casting news…

In addition to the returning Mr. Bale, who won an Academy Award for his work in “The Fighter,” the third movie will introduce Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, who came to Pittsburgh for “Warrior,” and Anne Hathaway, who filmed “Love & Other Drugs” here.

I’m working on getting more clarification from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s author. It’s unclear if she was given confirmation on Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt by Nolan/Warner Bros. or if she’s just reporting on the rumors. The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to begin filming in just a few short weeks.

Update: I just heard back from Barbara of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is going to try to get confirmation, but her comments about Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt come from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Press Release