Production Begins on "The Dark Knight Rises"

By Warner Bros Entertainment Uk Ltd, PRNE
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Filming Will Take Place on Three Continents, With an All-star Cast Working Under the Direction of Christopher Nolan.

BURBANK, California, May 19, 2011 - Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary
Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises," the epic conclusion to filmmaker
Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale
("The Fighter") again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane;
Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), as Miranda Tate; and
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine ("The Cider
House Rules") plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R)
winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") reprises the role of Lucius

In helming "The Dark Knight Rises," Christopher Nolan is utilizing
IMAX(R) cameras even more extensively than he did on "The Dark Knight," which
had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot
with IMAX(R) cameras. The results were so spectacular that the director
wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.

The screenplay for "The Dark Knight Rises" is written by Christopher
and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The
film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven,
who previously teamed on "Batman Begins" and the record-breaking blockbuster
"The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E.
, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as

"The Dark Knight" is based upon characters appearing in comic books
published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, "The Dark Knight Rises" reunites the director with
several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the
"The Dark Knight." The creative team includes director of photography Wally
, who recently won an Oscar(R) for his work on Nolan's "Inception";
production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar(R)-winning
costume designer Lindy Hemming ("Topsy-Turvy"). In addition, Paul Franklin
and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars(R) for the effects in "Inception,"
will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will
be composed by Oscar(R) winner Hans Zimmer ("The Lion King").

The locations for "The Dark Knight Rises" span three continents and
include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well
as sites in India, England and Scotland.

"The Dark Knight Rises" is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in
association with Legendary Pictures.

Slated for release beginning July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed
worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

For additional information, please contact: Louisa Radcliffe, +44(O)207-984-5000, Louisa.radcliffe at

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