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Rumor Has It: Marion Cotillard Talks Talia Al Ghul

Welcome to Rumor Has It, Player Affinity’s weekly roundup of highly buzzed-about movie rumors circulating throughout Tinseltown. On this week’s docket, we have a rumor about The Dark Knight Rises and one of its brilliant actors.

Marion Cotillard isn’t playing Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises… or is she?

In early 2008, Marion Cotillard won an Academy Award for her tremendous leading performance in 2007's La vie en Rose as French chanteuse Edith Piaf. She wasn’t a household name, and the performance was in a French-language feature, so one could have easily written off the actress’ win as a fluke. However, she’s followed up marvelously on her win, keeping her name in the spotlight thanks to an impressive résumé of post-Oscar films and not the tabloids. Among other things, she snagged a role in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises.

The Oscar-winning actress recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about several of her upcoming films. Naturally, Nolan’s final installment of his Batman trilogy became a topic of discussion. Cotillard confirms that she only has, in her own words, “a very, very small role” in “Rises,” but beyond that, the star of films such as the musical Nine and Nolan’s sci-fi epic Inception spoke very little about the film.

Cotillard did, however, insist that she will not play Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of Batman enemy Ra’s Al Ghul in the film. Based on what we’ve learned about “Rises” thus far, she plays the ecologically minded Miranda Tate and remains one of the film’s noble characters. Cotillard confirms just as much in this interview, but is it simply a ploy to keep us on the edge of our seats, or is Tate really a kind-hearted good guy?


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