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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Who is and Isn't Being Cast in The Dark Knight Rises?

Batman 3 rumors are flying around everywhere in regards to who is or isn't being cast in Christopher Nolan's next Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

First, we know that Tom Hardy has been officially cast already, but the question remains, what will be his role in Batman 3? Most are speculating that he will play Professor Hugo Strange. Especially, since Hardy has been sporting around with a shaved head and the beginnings of facial hair growth, which seems to fit the appearance of Strange, who is one of Batman's oldest villains.

It has also been reported that Nolan and his writing partners, brother Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer, who used Batman: Year One as a basis for Batman Begins and The Long Halloween for The Dark Knight, are now using Prey for the basis of The Dark Knight Rises. Prey features Hugo strange prominently. The supposed leaked script also seems to follow this storyline.

Other rumors revealed Nolan's choices for six lead actresses to fill roles for two main parts. One as a villain and one as a love interest. Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillard were rumored to be a part of that elite group, but the pregnancy of both has eliminated them from the list.

The latest rumor from Collider has Naomi Watts cast as Vicki Vale and Eva Green as Talia al Ghul. The story also revealed a new look to the Batmobile and Batcave. An excerpt from that articled revealed:
"Our source 'Raphael' tells us that the new Batmobile (aka The Tumbler) has been redesigned as a sleeker version, but still powerfull with all the gadgets. As for the Batcave, it will b e the same cave we saw in Batman Begins and they're attempting  to keep the classic stuff like the circular bay for the Batmobile, but keep the look modern. They're also setting up the Batcomputer and storage for the Batsuits. And if there is a new Batmobile and a new Batcave, is it possible we'll be getting a new Batsuit in The Dark Knight Rises? (Hint, hint)"   

Heat Vision has also reported that Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Gemma Arterton, Kiera Knightley, Charlotte Riley are scheduled for screen tests. The rumor screen tests are about to commence are confirmed by a comment that Christian Bale made to THR at the NBR Gala, stating he had to get back to  Los Angeles to work on screen tests with his possible co-stars.

Here are the odds of these lovely ladies being cast in The Dark Knight Rises:

Anne Hathaway
Odds 3:2. Providing she doesn't price herself out of the running
Jessica Biel
Odds 5:1. May not be able to play an International Femme Fetale' like Talia al Ghul
Kate Mara
Odds 10:1. She'll have to knock Nolan's socks off to get this one

Gemma Arteron
Odds 20:1. She getting ready to do Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters, which will probably have scheduling issues

Kiera Knightly
Odds 2:1. She may be a runner up.

Charlotte Riley
Odds unknown. Would Nolan cast her and boyfriend Tom Hardy in the same movie.  

I'd love to see them all in the next Batman movie, but my money is on Anne Hathaway right now. Any opinions?

(via Blastr)

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