Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catwoman. Tom Hardy will play Bane, a criminal given abnormal strength through a powerful and addictive cocktail of drugs.
Below is the press release from Warner Bros. and Nolan:
BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Christopher Nolan stated, “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.”
In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “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.”
Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.
The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Great choices, here. First off, Tom Hardy is great. Watch Inception again, and see how good he is in that flick. And Anne Hathway is perfect for Catwoman. She's sexy, which is a must for that role, but she's a gifted and smart actress, which is a must for working with the calibre of people she's going to be working with. Let's face it, Christian Bale can blow most actors off the screen (am I right, Mark Wahlberg?) and whoever has to face off against him better be able to hold their own. These two fit the bill.
As for the choice of villains, I think it's smart. Frankly, the Penguin or the Riddler are a little too out there to really work in the world Nolan has created. At least not without serious re-imagining that might take away whatever charm they have in the first place. But Bane and Catwoman could work extremely well, mostly due to their more reality-based abilities. Personally, I can't wait to see how they realise these two character for the screen.