Saturday is going to be a busy day for Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only do they have a legitimate practice in the afternoon, they have a role in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ early in the morning at Heinz Field in the city of Pittsburgh.

Part of the reason for the team’s inclusion in the film is that executive producer, Thomas Tull owns a piece of them. He and Roethlisberger have become good buddies as well. When describing the Steelers’ role in the film, Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“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 anything. It’s something neat that in 10 years or 20 years we can tell our kids we were in a movie. Thomas does movies big and I’m sure it will be a big-time movie and something fun to be part of. From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be like a pre-game, warming-up type thing. I don’t know the whole concept. There’s a Gotham team, a football game. We’ll be wearing uniforms. It will be fun.”
The news may not be as exciting as say the first official image of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, but it’s something, especially for the Steelers fans out there.

Also in the film are Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred, Liam Neeson as Ra’s al Ghul, and Josh Pence as a younger take on the villain.

From director, Christopher Nolan, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ heads to the end zone or something like that on July 20, 2012.