By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 20, 2011 at 10:36AM
It's been a weird, wooly day for "The Dark Knight Rises." The official website launched, a first look at Tom Hardy as Bane soon followed and now the day will close out with two pretty fucking random dudes joining the cast.
Variety reports that Matthew Modine (huh?) and Tom Conti (wha?) have joined the cast. Christopher Nolan has a knack for doing some out-there casting from time to time. Remember the raised eyebrows when Tom Berenger joined "Inception"? Or even Rutger Hauer taking a role in the previous Batman films? We'd imagine Modine and Conti's roles will be similarly smaller, but there's no telling with Nolan. Random connection: Tom Conti starred in "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" which also featured David Bowie who appeared in "The Prestige." Oh yeah, kid actor Joey King has also come on board. Modine will play a character named Nixon while no details on the other two roles have been disclosed. Speculate away!
The actors join Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff, Burn Gorman and Nestor Carbonell, along with the returning Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman. Lensing is already underway along with the marketing campaign. The film hits on July 20, 2012.