The Occupy Wall Street protests are long overdue and have spread across the country in a terrific way that will hopefully spur political action against the corporations responsible for the financial crisis (if you think it wasn’t the fault of financial institutions, you’re adorable). But the Occupy Wall Street protests that are actually on Wall Street may serve a second purpose. 24 Frames reports that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will be shooting in New York City for 14 days, and an unnamed source says “cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests.” While the real-world events occurring at the shooting locations won’t change the narrative of the film, Nolan could “be using the protests as a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film.” So it’s possible that people who are protesting their unemployment and lack of income could serve as unpaid extras. But to set cynicism aside for a moment, maybe the TDKR shoot will bring people to the set who want to take set video and photos, and end up joining the Occupy Wall Street movement. Optimism is fun.
The film stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012.