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Matthew Modine officially cast in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Matthew Modine

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Christopher Nolan’s filmography is peppered with plenty of recurring motifs – murdered wives, flashbacks, frowny-faced men in fantastic suits – but one of the most enjoyable aspects of the director’s recent movies is his tendency to cast beloved ’80s actors in minor roles. So The Dark Knight featured Anthony Michael Hall as a vain newscaster and Eric Roberts as a smug mobster and Inception featured a gorgeously irate Tom Berenger. (You can even throw in David Bowie’s appearance in The Prestige, since the whole notion of “David Bowie, Actor” is so ’80s.) Nolan is continuing the trend with The Dark Knight Rises: EW has confirmed that Matthew Modine, star of Full Metal Jacket and Married to the Mob, has been cast in the upcoming Bat-threequel. A report in Variety said that Modine was playing a character named “Nixon,” but Modine’s reps couldn’t confirm that piece of information. (Given Nolan’s penchant for secrecy, I’m still not convinced that The Dark Knight Rises isn’t just a cover for the filming of Inception 2: The Dreaming.)

The Variety report also indicated that Tom Conti and 11-year-old actress Joey King have also been cast in the movie, but Modine’s casting is certainly the big news. It’s a fair bet that Modine will be playing a character invented by the Nolan brothers for the movie, although feel free to start digging through Bat lore for any reference to a character named “Nixon.”

Popwatchers, are you stoked to see Modine in such a major release?

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Originally posted May 23 2011 — 2:35 PM EDT

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