Warner Bros. also reveals that Tom Hardy will play Batman villain Bane.
By Eric Ditzian
Last week, word out of Gotham City was that five actresses were competing for possibly two roles in "The Dark Knight Rises": Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley. Now, one of those women officially has a job.
Warner Bros. announced in a press release Wednesday (January 19) that Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle, a well-established character in DC Comics lore who is the alter-ego of Catwoman.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story," director Christopher Nolan said in the press release.
Hathaway's turn on the character will come as only the latest take. Catwoman has previously appeared on both the big and small screens, most recently as played by Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992's "Batman Returns" and Halle Berry in 2004's "Catwoman."
In addition to this major casting news, Warner Bros. finally announced the identity of the character that Tom Hardy, who signed on to the project back in October, will play: the mighty villain Bane, bringing the character back to the screen for the first time since 1997's "Batman & Robin."
"I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman's most formidable enemies," said Nolan, who previously directed Hardy in "Inception."
Based on a script Nolan wrote with his brother, Jonathan, "The Dark Knight Rises" is set to hit theaters July 20, 2012.
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