Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle (and assumed, Catwoman), and Tom Hardy will take on the role of the villainous Bane in Christopher Nolan’s third-and-final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, set for release July 20th, 2012. Below is the official press release from Warner Bros.
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.
Keep in mind, there is still room for one more female lead to be cast in the film, and sources point to the characters of Talia Al Ghul or Vicki Vale, so keep your ears peeled for that announcement, expected shortly!
Finally, we can wash that awful photoshop of Tom Hardy as Dr. Hugo Strange from our collective palettes.
This is more like it.