Spinoff Online reports that hallway ninja dreamonaut Joseph Gordon-Levitt has officially signed on for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. He joins fellow Inceptionists turned Gothamites Tom Hardy (Bane), Michael Caine (Alfred), Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow), Ken Watanabe (Faux Ra's al Ghul) and–if rumors hold true–Marion Cotillard, in talks to play Talia al Ghul (please please please).
Now, we still don't know who Gordon-Levitt is set to play. Rumors of his involvement started circulating nearly a year ago, and in that time we've seen a number of potential characters bandied about. Initial speculation pointed to the Riddler, but Nolan's nixed that one. Then there was the even less-likely concept of an adult Robin serving in something of a Nightwing role, replete with an off-site Robin's Nest base of operations. Mobster Alberto Falcone might be a more likely option given the increased scale of the ensemble and Nolan's pre-established vision of Gotham's underground. Finally, there's Deadshot, a character fans also suspected as a role for Tom Hardy. A Variety article places emphasis on the Deadshot choice, leading Spinoff to draw connections to Talia and the League of Shadows.
No telling whether we'll get official confirmation of his role between now and the start of shooting next month. But we'll be watching this one closely.
Filming starts in April. The Dark Knight Rises in July, 2012.
UPDATE: According to /Film, he's indeed playing Alberto Falcone. Probably the best choice, considering that huge cast list. And you know dude looks sharp in a suit.
Thanks for the tip, edward!