Joseph Gordon-Levitt Lands “Dark Knight Rises” Role

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to make life difficult for Christian Bale as the young actor has reportedly signed on to play a villain in director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Variety reported that Gordon-Levitt, who teamed up with Nolan in last year’s sci-fi blockbuster “Inception,” will play Mafia prince Alberto Falcone, a.k.a. the Holiday Killer and the son of crime boss Carmine Falcone. Tom Wilkinson played the role of Carmine Falcone in the first of Nolan’s trilogy about the Caped Crusader, “Batman Begins,” which came out in 2005.

Warner Bros.’s and Gordon-Levitt’s reps have yet to confirm the news, although the 30-year-old actor has reportedly not signed on to any projects since the rumors about his “Batman” role started circulating last month. If confirmed, Gordon-Levitt will be the third villain to Bale’s Bruce Wayne, following the castings of Tom Hardy as supervillain Bane and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is scheduled for a July 20, 2012 theatrical release.