It seems that the rumors surrounding Marion Cotillard and The Dark Knight Rises are back! Earlier this week, there was word that the actress was in talks to star in the sequel, with the role in question being Talia al Ghul. And according to a “press release” sent out by the studio, the Oscar winner has supposedly been confirmed for the part. Not only that, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed to play Roman Sionis. But this may be a hoax! The folks over at the Nolan Fans Forum deny the legitimacy of the announcement.

Here’s the supposed press release that was sent out:

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been cast in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and will join an ensemble cast alongside Christian Bale who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. They will play Talia al Ghul and Roman Sionis respectively.

On casting Cotillard, Director Christopher Nolan stated, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Marion again and have no doubt she will be a great addition to our ensemble cast and bring to life a key part of the universe we have created as we finish our story.”

On the addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nolan said, “I am thrilled to be working with Joseph again after a delightful experience working with him on Inception and am certain he will deliver another thrilling performance as one of Batman’s most popular villains.”

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This looks like an exact replica of the previous announcement which was sent out by Warner Bros when they announced Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway’s casting. Someone must have cut and pasted Levitt and Cotillard’s names and sent it out as the real deal. Sneaky, sneaky.

As previously stated Talia is the daughter or Ra’s Al Ghul, a villain who appeared in Batman Begins and was played by Liam Neeson. Damon Sionis is a gangster who moonlights as Black Mask.

What do you think of the fake casting announcement? How would you feel if the parts were real?

Source: Collider