News broke this morning that Nolan has cast 'Full Metal Jacket' star Matthew Modine in the upcoming Batman sequel, 'The Dark Knight Rises.' We don't have any details on Modine's character beyond his name, Nixon, but speculation about his casting as well as that of Tom Conti ('Reuben, Reuben') and Joey King ('Ramona and Beezus') is already rampant.
Beyond this morning's excitement, Moviefone noticed a cool detail about Modine's casting: It adds to a long line of Nolan resurrecting stars from the 1980s and putting them into his films.
Here's a look at some of Nolan's 80s resurrections:
Rutger Hauer in 'Batman Begins'
Rutger Hauer starred in quite a few '80s movies ('Flesh + Blood,' 'Ladyhawke'), but his big break came in the 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi adventure 'Blade Runner.' Hauer played the erratic and sympathetic replicant Roy Batty. His acclaimed performance allowed the Dutch actor to cross over fully into American films.
In 2005, Nolan cast Hauer as a sleazy corporate executive running Bruce Wayne's company, Wayne Enterprises, in the first part of his Batman franchise 'Batman Begins.'
Eric Roberts in 'The Dark Knight'
In the '80s, Eric Roberts, a handsome young man, enjoyed a celebrated career. He was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his role in 1985's 'Runaway Train,' and he worked steadily throughout the decade. In the '90s and '00s, he geared more toward bit film parts or television roles, his career eventually being eclipsed by the rising star of his sister, Julia.
In 2008, he played Gotham City mob boss Salvatore Maroni in Nolan's 'The Dark Knight.' His character hires the Joker to kill Batman and also faces Harvey Dent in court. He's also in the pivotal scene where Aaron Eckhart's Dent finally reveals the other, more gruesome side of his face.
Tom Berenger in 'Inception'
Tom Berenger starred in a bunch of pivotal films in the 1980s including 1983's 'The Big Chill,' 1987's 'Someone to Watch Over Me' and 1989's 'Major League.' He's known mainly for his roles in action movies, showing up in a slew of them in the early '90s. Berenger won a Golden Globe and received an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for his role as Sergeant Barnes in 'Platoon.'
In Nolan's 2010 film 'Inception,' Berenger played a gruff business executive mentor to Cillian Murphy's fragile young heir, Robert Fischer. For some of the movie, Berenger is a faux-version of himself, taking on the characteristics of Tom Hardy's forger, Eames. Confused yet?
David Bowie in 'The Prestige'
David Bowie, as if it needed explaining, is a world-class pop musician first and foremost. His music had a heyday in the 1980s with a seemingly never-ending stream of hits. Also in the '80s, Bowie started getting into acting, starring in a stage production of 'The Elephant Man,' the 1983 vampire flick 'The Hunger,' and the 1988 Martin Scorsese film 'The Last Temptation of Christ.' (He also played himself in 2001's 'Zoolander,' but that probably doesn't count.)
But his most famous film role is the Goblin King from 1986's 'Labyrinth,' a film by Jim Henson and George Lucas that has amassed a steady and dedicated cult following. Bowie's character, Jareth, is a favorite from the movie.
In 2006, Bowie played real-life physicist and inventor Nikola Tesla in Nolan's 'The Prestige,' about the rivalry between two early 20th-century magicians.
Is this '80s casting love on purpose? Only Nolan knows for sure, but Modine's part in 'The Dark Knight Rises' marks the fifth resurrected '80s star in a Christopher Nolan movie. Perhaps it's because they have the power of the voodoo. (Who do? You do!)