Does <i>The Dark Knight Rises</i> India Locale Offer Clues About Plot?

Director Christopher Nolan will begin filming The Dark Knight Rises next week, not in London, New York City or Pittsburgh, but in Jodhpur, India.

According to The Times of India, crew members will begin arriving on Sunday, followed three or four days later by star Christian Bale, for a two-day shoot at Mehrangar Fort, an imposing structure perched 400 feet above Jodhpur's famed blue-painted houses. The director reportedly will use a small crew of 15, and just one "Hollywood actor" -- Bale.

The popular, and most likely, theory is that the selection of the massive fortress, whose foundations date to the mid-15th century, all but guarantees the return of the League of Shadows in the conclusion of Nolan's Batman trilogy.

Rumored plot details emerged early last month indicating that the ancient society led by Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) in 2005′s Batman Begins will fall under the control of his daughter Talia, backed by her muscle/love interest Bane (Tom Hardy), in The Dark Knight Rises. That seemed to be thrown into doubt last week when Warner Bros. officially announced that Inception co-star Marion Cotillard, long pegged to play Talia al Ghul, had been cast as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate. It's certainly possible, however, that Miranda Tate is a false identity used by Talia to get close to Bruce Wayne (a scenario seemingly supported by the unconfirmed casting of Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul, and word from Badass Digest that Nolan is searching for an actress to play his wife).

The Dark Knight Rises so far stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Nestor Carbonell and Daniel Sunjata are also reported to be part of the ensemble. It opens on July 20, 2012.

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