Update: So much for more rumors on which specific role that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play in the third installment of Christopher Nolan's rebooted Batman trilogy. Mere hours after the Inception actor was confirmed as signing a deal for a part in the next film, Variety has followed up with the specific role that Levitt will be playing. And it will not be Robin, the Riddler or Deadshot as some rumors have been speculating these past few weeks.
The trade reports that insiders reveal that Josepth Gordon-Levitt will be playing Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character Tom Wilkinson played in "Batman Begins."
Alberto Falcone, who is also known as The Holiday Killer, would bring Nolan's superhero trilogy full-circle. The character fits with the helmer's stated intentions for continuity and preference to pit the Caped Crusader against "realistic" villains, as opposed to cartoonish nemeses such as Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, who Batman battled in Joel Schumacher's 1997 misfire "Batman and Robin."
Original Story: After months of speculation that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance in Christopher Nolan's Inception had earned him a role in the director's next Batman installment, Variety is confirming the deal has been made. Levitt is the latest to officially hop on board The Dark Knight Rises, the fast-tracking Warner Bros. Pictures which also has his confirmed co-stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy.
While Levitt's role is being kept under wraps for now, the trade does report that actress Juno Temple is being eyed to play a street-smart Gotham girl.
Christopher Nolan is returning to wrap up his Batman trilogy, based on a screenplay by his brother Jonathan Nolan and returning franchise writer David Goyer.
The Dark Knight Rises will strike theaters July 20, 2012.