Second Open Casting Call for The Dark Knight Rises Reveals Minor Plot Details
06.05.11 by BJSprecher
For comic book movie fans, one of the extremely awesome side benefits of director Christopher Nolan taking his The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) production around the world — Nolan has already shot in Jodhpur, India and is currently shooting at various locations in London, England, with plans to move on to Glasgow, Scotland, and then various cities in the U.S. — is that some of them are going to have the opportunity to appear in the movie. Last month, an open casting call was announced for "extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles for the film's stars" in the Los Angeles area. Now, extras are being sought to play "Victims and Perpetrators" when the production moves to Pittsburgh, which is doubling for Gotham City.
Here's the listing for "Magnus Rex," the codename for TDKR, from SWDCasting:
A Warner Bros. Film requires extras to play as Victims and Perpetrators within a city besieged by crime and corruption. Take part in the urban action adventure ripping through the streets of Pittsburgh from July 28th through August 21st.
Sat. June 11th – 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Sun. June 12th- 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm
Sat. June 18th- 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Sun. June 19th- 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm
The Omni Hotel 530 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 in the William Penn Ballroom (ground floor/downstairs)- Use the Oliver St. Entrance, please
Men and Women ages 18 and over. ALL ethnicities!!!! No experience necessary!
Some specific types we are looking for are: Prisoners/Thugs, Guards, Police Officers, Business men & women and Sports Fans- ALL types are needed!!
While the line in the listing above about "a city besieged by crime and corruption" pretty much applies to any incarnation of Gotham City, the dark stain on the map of the DC Universe, hence its need for a "Dark Knight" to protect it. But the fact that the production requires numerous "Victims and Perpetrators" for action that will be "ripping through the streets" makes it sound quite a bit like Gotham City will be host to a mass-scale riot, giving further credence to the theories that the script written by Nolan's brother, Jonathan, from an idea the director conceived with David S. Goyer, will be following, at least partially, DC Comics' "Knightfall" storyline in which Bane (played by Tom Hardy in the movie) freed the psychotic killers of Arkham Asylum in an attempt to wear down Batman (Academy Award-winner Christian Bale reprising the role) so that he could swoop in for the kill while Batman was at his most vulnerable. This also seems to fall in line with the videos that recently surfaced that show Arkham Asylum on fire, though it has yet to be verified whether the videos were part of a TDKR viral campaign or simply made by a talented fan who is familiar with the "Knightfall" comic books.
Also joining Bale in returning in the sequel to The Dark Knight are Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, and Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. New additions include Juno Temple as Holly Robinson, Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as policeman John Blake, Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist," Brett Cullen as a judge, Chris Ellis as a priest, and Tom Conti and Joey King in as-yet-unspecified roles.