January 19th, 2011
03:31 PM ET
After lots of speculation, Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Wednesday that Anne Hathaway would be joining the cast of the next Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," due out on July 20, 2012.
A onetime Oscar nominee (and the ceremony's current host), Hathaway will step into the role of Selina Kyle, previously played by Michelle Pfeiffer in "Batman Returns." (Kyle is better known as Catwoman, both in the comics and in that film.)
In a press release, director Christopher Nolan ("Inception") said, “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.”
Tom Hardy, also from "Inception," was previously reported to have been cast in the final chapter of Nolan's Batman trilogy, and it was announced that he would be playing the role of Bane, a muscle-bound character played by the late Jeep Swenson in 1997's "Batman & Robin."
Bane is best known in the comic books for having once broken Bruce Wayne's back, taking him out of commission as Batman for about a year.
It will be interesting to see how Hathaway's (and Nolan's) portrayal of Kyle differs from those in the past. Will she also be Catwoman (as famously played by Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt and in a different take on the character, Halle Berry)? At the moment, Warner Bros. will not confirm that.
If there wasn't enough anticipation around the follow-up to 2008's blockbuster "The Dark Knight," this will only add to it.
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