Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is adding some professional athletes to its cast.
Members of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers team will be filming a scene in the Warner Bros. film this weekend playing football players at Heinz Field. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a dozen of his teammates, including Hines Ward, Willie Colon and Maurkice Pouncey, are expected to participate during Saturday's filming. Thousands of extras will be on hand to play fans.
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"I'm kind of getting everybody together," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday. "I heard it's going to be a neat thing at the stadium. I don't think it will be a big part, it's not like we're chasing Batman down or anyting. It's something neat that in 10 years or 20 years we can tell our kids we were in a movie."
This doesn't come as too much of a surprise as The Dark Knight Rises has been filming in the Pittsburgh area.
"From what I've heard, it's going to be like a pre-game, warming-up type thing,'' Roethlisberger said. "I don't know the whole concept. There's a Gotham team, a football game. We'll be wearing uniforms."
According to the Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger has a budding friendship with the film's executive producer Thomas Tull. Two years ago, Tull joined the Steelers' ownership.
Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman star in The Dark Knight Rises.