(CBS) Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, just named to a role in the highly anticipated Batman sequel "The Dark Knight Rises," has previously worked with director Christopher Nolan in "Inception," one of three high-profile films that brought the French actress to the attention of American audiences.
She rose to fame in this country as the 2008 Best Actress Oscar-winner for "La Vie en Rose," in which she played French singer Edith Piaf.
The 35-year-old Paris-born star followed that up with a spot in the high-profile cast of Rob Marshall's "Nine." The film version of the Broadway play also featured Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Daniel Day Lewis, Sophia Loren and Judi Dench.
Finally, Cotillard was seen last summer in Nolan's mind-bender "Inception." In fact, Nolan is bringing together three "Inception" alumni for the Batman sequel - Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy.
In a statement, Nolan said, "When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience. I immediately thought of them for the roles of Miranda and Blake."
The film, which also stars Christian Bale (in the title role) and Anne Hathaway, is set for release in July 2012.