Marion Cotillard talks ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and more!

There might be SPOILERS ahead so consider this a warning. Speculation about Marion Cotillard’s character in The Dark Knight Rises began even before she officially joined the cast. At first many believed that she’d be Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of Liam Neeson’s character from Batman Begins. There’s a been a lot of information and pictures that suggests the Oscar winning actress isn’t just playing the Wayne Enterprises board member named Miranda Tate but Cotillard insists that she’s indeed a “good guy”. Check out excerpts from the interview with The Hollywood Reporter after the jump.

Marion Cotillard heard from her CAA agent Hylda Queally in late 2010 that director Christopher Nolan wanted her for a role in his next movie. The French actress, of course, was ecstatic. "I'm like, 'Wait a minute, his next movie is supposed to be Batman!' And I've always been obsessed with Batman." Her heart sank, however, when she learned The Dark Knight Rises -- the final part of Nolan's Batman trilogy -- would likely start shooting in May 2011, precisely when her first child, Marcel, with actor-director Guillaume Canet, was due. "I called Chris and said, 'My God, I can't do that!' " Luckily, Nolan -- who already had worked with the star on Inception -- was prepared to wait. " 'I'm writing now and nothing is impossible,' " the actress recalls him telling her. " 'We don't know where we are shooting, and I'll try to make it work.' "

The actress started filming [The Dark Knight Rises] in June 2011, working on and off until the fall in locations including Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh. She says there were long gaps when she wasn’t needed: “It was a very, very small role.”

Otherwise, Cotillard is coy about the picture, whose storyline has fueled pages of Internet speculation. All she’ll confirm is that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson‘s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.

She also recalls a meeting in Paris with director Christopher Nolan,

The actress had only encountered the director briefly at France's Cesar Awards when he approached her for his film. With Marcel on hand, they met in Paris in the middle of last year to discuss the movie. As Audiard remembers, "We spoke for 18 seconds about the film, and the rest of the time we talked kids."

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter for the pretty in-depth interview. Do you think Ms. Cotillard is telling the truth? Will she just be Miranda Tate? Let me know what you think by commenting below.