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Hathaway Testing For Dark Knight Rises?
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12 January 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Here we go again: there’s a new superhero film clattering along the pre-production railway to its shoot and now comes the long list of possible performers lining up to test for the various available roles. In this case, it’s The Dark Knight Rises, and the names in the mix range from the expected crop of established stars such as Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley and Jessica Biel to those more in the lesser-known category, including Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley.

According to the Heat Vision blog, all of the above names are getting set to audition for Christopher Nolan, with two rumoured hefty female roles up for grabs. The Heat Vision team are talking up one being Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s (as played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins) who in the comics has been both an adversary and a lover to Bruce Wayne.

While Hathaway, Knightley and Biel need little introduction, Kate Mara has been seen in the likes of Transsiberian, Brokeback Mountain and, more recently, 127 Hours. Riley, meanwhile, is better known for her telly work, having cropped up in The Take, 2009’s version of Wuthering Heights and Foyle’s War. But she did also act in Easy Virtue alongside Biel. Oh, and she already has a vague Rises connection: she’s engaged to Tom Hardy, who has already locked down an unknown role in the new film.

Collider, meanwhile, has heard a few rumblings about Eva Green and Naomi Watts (whose name has been floated in the past), adding that they’ve heard from a source that the parts available are Talia and Vicki Vale, the reporter played by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie.

And stepping away from possible actresses for a moment, the site’s report also mentions that the Tumbler will return in a sleeker re-design (not shocking given the vehicle’s destruction in The Dark Knight) and that Bruce (Christian Bale) and Alfred (Michael Caine) are finally going to get back to using the Bat Cave.

Given how tightly Chris Nolan controls security on his films, nothing can be considered beyond a rumour for now, though it does make sense that quality actors would flock to be a part of the third – and likely final – Batman film crafted by Nolan, his brother Jonathan and David Goyer. With production planned to start in May, expect the parade of rumour, speculation and news to hit avalanche levels in the coming months.


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Women make a mess!
I think Batman will play second fiddle to Catwoman. What is Nolan doing? Demoting Bale from Dark Knight to Batman? All attention will be on Anne Hathway and will be a mess! More

Posted by batbhai at 07:47 on 01 February 2011 | Report This Post

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2"]I'm at a complete loss as to why my post, which contained nothing inflammatory at all, was deleted when all these spam ads keep coming.  Such a shame from a magazine as reputable as Empire. Oh, and to reiterate, anyone but Knightley - please. More

Posted by schnide at 10:33 on 13 January 2011 | Report This Post

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BUT Keira Knightley, please! a Biel is no great actress, but has some great assets... More

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If they cast her as Batman then i'm there. More

Posted by chewbacasnapsak at 21:33 on 12 January 2011 | Report This Post

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I still hoping that they cast Rachel Weisz as Talia. More

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Posted by Fit Kisto at 19:57 on 12 January 2011 | Report This Post

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If Hathaway's cast I'll cry with anger.  More

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RE: No, not Keira Knightley
L: nybras She can't act! No! ne of the worst actresses I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching… in anything. She is woeful and Nolan would do well to steer clear. More

Posted by pete_traynor at 16:24 on 12 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: No, not Keira Knightley
Anne Hathaway could always play the Joker's sister (have you seen that abnormally large mouth of her's? No make-up or special effects required!)   Kate Mara & Charlotte Riley are good candidates and if Sarah Essen is a key role to be filled, perhaps Blake Lively? As long as Nolan doesn't cast Knightley or Jolie, I'm a happy bunny! More

Posted by jace007 at 15:29 on 12 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Anyone but Knightley
Exactly my thoughts, schnide. If this is Nolan's last Batfilm then I guess including Talia would bookend it pretty nicely. More

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