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Joker in ‘Dark Knight’? Sort of …

Modine, Conti latecomers to 'Dark Night'

Exclusive: Joker will appear in “The Dark Knight Rises” after all — just not the one you think.

Christopher Nolan’s tentpole pic has added “Full Metal Jacket” thesp Matthew Modine, who played Pvt. Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War pic. He’ll be playing a character named “Nixon” in the superhero sequel, though further details weren’t available.

Additionally, Tom Conti and 11-year-old thesp Joey King have joined the ensemble, though in keeping with the Nolan tradition, details of their roles are being kept firmly under wraps.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures recently announced the start of production on the superhero pic, which is slated for release on July 20, 2012. “The Dark Knight Rises” will film in Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as on location in India, England and Scotland.

Modine will soon be seen playing former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain in Curtis Hanson’s HBO telepic “Too Big to Fail.” He’ll also appear opposite Eva Mendes in Patricia Riggen’s “See If I Care,” as well as in the Ed Zwick-produced indie “Family Weekend,” which co-stars King.

Conti, best known for his Oscar-nominated turn in 1983’s “Reuben, Reuben,” recently appeared in Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest.”

King, who played Ramona in last year’s “Ramona and Beezus,” recently appeared in “Battle: Los Angeles” and will soon be seen in WB’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” 11-year-old actress also stars in NBC’s Amanda Peet series “Bent.”

Modine is repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment, while Gersh reps Conti. King is repped by Coast to Coast Talent and manager Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment.

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