Warner Bros Confirms Liam Neeson's Return in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Scheduled for theatrical release this summer, The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final film in director Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy and stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway.

The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.

Several months ago, Liam Neeson stated that he had spend several hours on the set of director Chris Nolan's upcoming Batman film but could not reveal details of his involvement in the project. Now Warner Bros Pictures has released word via press notes for their upcoming fantasy actioner follow up Wrath of the Titans that Neeson, who played central villain Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins, is a part of The Dark Knight Rises cast:

LIAM NEESON (Zeus) is an award-winning actor who has been internationally recognized for his work in both major studio blockbusters and acclaimed independent features. He has been honored for his depictions of three very different real-life figures. Neeson received Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Schindler's List." Three years later, he played the title role in Neil Jordan's biopic "Michael Collins," earning another Golden Globe nomination and winning an Evening Standard British Film Award and the 1996 Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for his impassioned portrayal of the Irish Republican hero. In 2004, Neeson starred as controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Bill Condon's "Kinsey," for which he garnered his third Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award.

Neeson next appears in Peter Berg's actioner "Battleship," and he also will be seen in Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated action thriller "The Dark Knight Rises." Earlier this year, he starred in Joe Carnahan's thriller "The Grey," which topped the box office in its opening weekend. His recent film credits also include Jaume Collet-Serra's thriller "Unknown"; Paul Haggis' thriller "The Next Three Days"; the actioner "The A- Team"; the mythological epic "Clash of the Titans"; and the thriller "Taken," as well as the indie films "Chloe," directed by Atom Egoyan, and "After.Life."

The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman​, Michael Caine​, Morgan Freeman​, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt​, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard​, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff, Burn Gorman​, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Aboutboul​, Matthew Modine​, Tom Conti, Brett Cullen​, Chris Ellis and Joey King and is scheduled to hit theaters July 20th, 2012.