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More actresses in the mix for The Dark Knight Rises: Hathaway, Biel, Knightley

01.11.2011

Christopher Nolan's trilogy closer THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is easily one of the most anticipated movies coming in the next few years, so expect to see every rumor and detail given appopriate attention.

But the sequel is months away from filming, and roles still need to be filled -- including those of the female leads. Yes, as it has been speculated, the production is now reportedly seeking two lovely ladies to play a villain and the love interest, one rumored as Talia Head, the vengeful daughter of BATMAN BEGINS baddie Ra's Al Ghul (Liam Neeson), the other possibly Vicki Vale 2.0 (cue Prince song in your brain) or another original investigative journalist.

Heat Vision claims that actresses soon due to test for roles include Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley. Also named are Kate Mara (SHOOTER, 127 HOURS) and Charlotte Riley, a Brit TV actress... who also happens to be engaged to RISES villain Tom Hardy.

Eva Green and Naomi Watts have recently been rumored, but it's unknown if they are (or ever were) involved in the testing process.

Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman will, of course, all be back for more Batness.

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Extra Tidbit: Two of those actresses would be making the Marvel-to-DC Universe crossover -- Biel played vamp hunter Abigail Whistler in BLADE TRINITY, and Mara briefly appeared as a government agent in IRON MAN 2 (and did anyone else expect her to show up again later in the movie? Disappointed.).
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12:48PM on 01/13/2011
Eva Green, Naomi Watts, and even though shes not in the running Marion Cotillard would be great choices for whatever in TDKR. Biel, Hathaway, and Knightley are all terrible actresses, imo and would bring nothing to the table.
Eva Green, Naomi Watts, and even though shes not in the running Marion Cotillard would be great choices for whatever in TDKR. Biel, Hathaway, and Knightley are all terrible actresses, imo and would bring nothing to the table.
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8:55AM on 01/13/2011
if eva green doesn't get the role of talia i'll be pissed but she'd turn it down anyway she has voiced his dissaproval of hollywood.
if eva green doesn't get the role of talia i'll be pissed but she'd turn it down anyway she has voiced his dissaproval of hollywood.
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2:25AM on 01/13/2011
Great looking gals, but something does not seem right with the choice of these girls in a batman film
Great looking gals, but something does not seem right with the choice of these girls in a batman film
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10:45PM on 01/12/2011

What about Carrie-Anne Moss...

as Catwoman?

She's proven she can look hot in tight leather. Besides, like Oldman,Gary pointed out, she already delivered a strong performance under Nolan's direction in Memento.
as Catwoman?

She's proven she can look hot in tight leather. Besides, like Oldman,Gary pointed out, she already delivered a strong performance under Nolan's direction in Memento.
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10:02PM on 01/12/2011
What happened to Rachel Weisz? Wasn't she on this list at one point?
What happened to Rachel Weisz? Wasn't she on this list at one point?
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7:26PM on 01/12/2011
Although I wouldn't mind Eva or Naomi...

I'm still rooting for Rachel Weisz. Please make it happen..
Although I wouldn't mind Eva or Naomi...

I'm still rooting for Rachel Weisz. Please make it happen..
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6:41PM on 01/12/2011

I wouldn't mind any of them but...

Sorry, double post.
Sorry, double post.
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6:39PM on 01/12/2011

I wouldn't mind any of them but...

Is is just me or haven't all three of these women been "rumored" for comic book roles for more than eight years now? And it never happens? And knowing Nolan's habit of reusing actors, Talia is Cotillard's role to lose.
Is is just me or haven't all three of these women been "rumored" for comic book roles for more than eight years now? And it never happens? And knowing Nolan's habit of reusing actors, Talia is Cotillard's role to lose.
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7:22PM on 01/12/2011
Cotillard just announced that she's pregnant, so she's pretty much out of the race (if she even was in it)...
Cotillard just announced that she's pregnant, so she's pretty much out of the race (if she even was in it)...
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6:03PM on 01/12/2011
Kate Mara is Numero Uno on my Top Hotties list. So any news of her casting is good news!
Kate Mara is Numero Uno on my Top Hotties list. So any news of her casting is good news!
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3:15PM on 01/12/2011
Knightley and Arteron have the acting chops to take this on I don't think Biel is up there. Hathaway is good but not for this. Naomi Watts and Eva Green would also be awesome.
Knightley and Arteron have the acting chops to take this on I don't think Biel is up there. Hathaway is good but not for this. Naomi Watts and Eva Green would also be awesome.
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1:01PM on 01/12/2011

LOL@prince reference

ooooyeah ooooyeah.... i wanna bust that body.
ooooyeah ooooyeah.... i wanna bust that body.
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12:26PM on 01/12/2011

I'll take Knightley for the block

Portman is already in the DC Universe although she's my fav actress and has been for sometime. Biel is hot, but dah in the head. Anyone but Hathaway. Never got into her and Knightley seems to fit the profile especially considering despite being holier than thou Amercian Crime Fighter many of the roles are played by the English and that's OK in my book.
Portman is already in the DC Universe although she's my fav actress and has been for sometime. Biel is hot, but dah in the head. Anyone but Hathaway. Never got into her and Knightley seems to fit the profile especially considering despite being holier than thou Amercian Crime Fighter many of the roles are played by the English and that's OK in my book.
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11:19AM on 01/12/2011

Depends

It depends on who they are playing. Eva Green could definitely pull off Talia or Catwoman but doesn't seem right for Vicki Vale or just a random love interest. Hathaway could play Vale or Catwoman, but maybe is not exotic enough for Talia. Keira Knightly could probably play all three, but its hard not to look at her and go "Oh that's Keira Knightly". She doesn't disappear into roles like the others. Biel and Mara just aren't in the same league IMO.
It depends on who they are playing. Eva Green could definitely pull off Talia or Catwoman but doesn't seem right for Vicki Vale or just a random love interest. Hathaway could play Vale or Catwoman, but maybe is not exotic enough for Talia. Keira Knightly could probably play all three, but its hard not to look at her and go "Oh that's Keira Knightly". She doesn't disappear into roles like the others. Biel and Mara just aren't in the same league IMO.
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11:14AM on 01/12/2011

I pick female actress..

I like Keira Knightley too BUT i REALLY want Gemma Arterton! because she is an amazing act and intense too! i suggest Gemma will play Poison Ivy like Uma Thurman but what if Gemma wear a costume Poison Ivy actually so gorgeous color green on her and her hair will hot red ...my opinion
I like Keira Knightley too BUT i REALLY want Gemma Arterton! because she is an amazing act and intense too! i suggest Gemma will play Poison Ivy like Uma Thurman but what if Gemma wear a costume Poison Ivy actually so gorgeous color green on her and her hair will hot red ...my opinion
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12:54PM on 01/12/2011
Never thought of her as Ivy, but I love the idea! She has this innocent look but can also be incredible sexy...the character isn't british, but Gemma could also keep her accent for the role ;)
Never thought of her as Ivy, but I love the idea! She has this innocent look but can also be incredible sexy...the character isn't british, but Gemma could also keep her accent for the role ;)
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9:29AM on 01/12/2011

Eva Green and Naomi Watts

Both hot and talented, wouldn't mind seeing them in TDKR. Not so hot on Biel, Knightley or Hathaway.

As for Inception being "badly cast"? You kidding me? Hardy, Gordon-Levitt, Cotillard, Page and Murphy were all ace. Easily the best thing I've seen DiCaprio in
Both hot and talented, wouldn't mind seeing them in TDKR. Not so hot on Biel, Knightley or Hathaway.

As for Inception being "badly cast"? You kidding me? Hardy, Gordon-Levitt, Cotillard, Page and Murphy were all ace. Easily the best thing I've seen DiCaprio in
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12:27PM on 01/12/2011
Touche on that...
Touche on that...
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9:05AM on 01/12/2011
There seems to be a lot of hate for Hathaway around here, but I would love to see her as Catwoman. I don't really want Catwoman or Talia Al Guhl but what can I do? What I don't get is why we have to be kept in the dark for so long about who the villain is going to be. It doesn't take anything away from the film so just tell us already!!!
There seems to be a lot of hate for Hathaway around here, but I would love to see her as Catwoman. I don't really want Catwoman or Talia Al Guhl but what can I do? What I don't get is why we have to be kept in the dark for so long about who the villain is going to be. It doesn't take anything away from the film so just tell us already!!!
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8:38AM on 01/12/2011
Ehhh . . . I give them all a thumbs down but if I had to pick one it would be Knightley.
Ehhh . . . I give them all a thumbs down but if I had to pick one it would be Knightley.
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8:15AM on 01/12/2011

Not impressed...

From the five actresses mentioned above, the only one I would like to see is Anne Hathaway. I can't see Mara in any of these roles, Biel isn't talented enough and I just don't like Knightley (specially her mouth).

On the other hand: Both, Eva Green and Naomi Watts, would fit very well into Nolans world.
From the five actresses mentioned above, the only one I would like to see is Anne Hathaway. I can't see Mara in any of these roles, Biel isn't talented enough and I just don't like Knightley (specially her mouth).

On the other hand: Both, Eva Green and Naomi Watts, would fit very well into Nolans world.
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8:08AM on 01/12/2011
I'd be incredibly pleased with Keira Knightley as Talia or Naomi Watts as the love interest.
I'd be incredibly pleased with Keira Knightley as Talia or Naomi Watts as the love interest.
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7:56AM on 01/12/2011
i hope we'll be surprised by someone not as well known. don't see how the above ladies would be good in a batman film

also, will morgan freeman be back?
i hope we'll be surprised by someone not as well known. don't see how the above ladies would be good in a batman film

also, will morgan freeman be back?
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5:35AM on 01/12/2011
wow, nolan doesn't know shit about good casting, does he? inception already was aawful, actor-wise (caprio aside).
all the rachels in the last 2 batmans were awful as well (maggie is a great actress, but not for this role). and all those 3 here are pathetic as well.
i mean, i would love to see biel - one of the hottest actresses out there - but just doesn't fit in a world like that.
the only obvious (and best) choice for a female villain would be eva green.
wow, nolan doesn't know shit about good casting, does he? inception already was aawful, actor-wise (caprio aside).
all the rachels in the last 2 batmans were awful as well (maggie is a great actress, but not for this role). and all those 3 here are pathetic as well.
i mean, i would love to see biel - one of the hottest actresses out there - but just doesn't fit in a world like that.
the only obvious (and best) choice for a female villain would be eva green.
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3:04AM on 01/12/2011

Based on above choices...

Charlotte Riley as Talia Head and Kate Mara for the journalist!
Charlotte Riley as Talia Head and Kate Mara for the journalist!
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2:12AM on 01/12/2011
Marry Boff Kill - pretty easy imo:
Marry Keira Knightley, boff Jessica Biel, kill Anne Hathaway

anyway i'll take Keira in anything.
Marry Boff Kill - pretty easy imo:
Marry Keira Knightley, boff Jessica Biel, kill Anne Hathaway

anyway i'll take Keira in anything.
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1:51AM on 01/12/2011

Good Choices...

...but you need someone that can play a fiery vixen, and a proper adversary for Batman. Rachel Weisz would be a perfect fit for Talia al Ghul in my opinion. As far as a potential love interest goes, I'd have to say none of the above mentioned. They almost seem too young to be considered a love interest for Bale/Wayne. I'd say maybe Naomi Watts or Maria Bello?
...but you need someone that can play a fiery vixen, and a proper adversary for Batman. Rachel Weisz would be a perfect fit for Talia al Ghul in my opinion. As far as a potential love interest goes, I'd have to say none of the above mentioned. They almost seem too young to be considered a love interest for Bale/Wayne. I'd say maybe Naomi Watts or Maria Bello?
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1:43AM on 01/12/2011
Aside from Eva Green and maybe Kate Mara, I don't think I want to see any of these women in a Batman film. (Knightley's a great actress but I don't really see her in a Batman film.)

Then again, I didn't particularly want Katie Holmes or Maggie Gyllenhal but the films were great. I love Nolan but he doesn't seem to really write good stuff for female characters very much.

In fact, the only great female performance in a Nolan film that I can think of is Marion Cotillard (And maybe Carrie
Aside from Eva Green and maybe Kate Mara, I don't think I want to see any of these women in a Batman film. (Knightley's a great actress but I don't really see her in a Batman film.)

Then again, I didn't particularly want Katie Holmes or Maggie Gyllenhal but the films were great. I love Nolan but he doesn't seem to really write good stuff for female characters very much.

In fact, the only great female performance in a Nolan film that I can think of is Marion Cotillard (And maybe Carrie Anne Moss) so maybe he should bring her back. Then again, she's pregnant right now so that won't work.

I don't know. I remember people like Blake Lively and Jessica Biel being considered for this role and if that's the mindset that Nolan is in, I'll just have to do what I did with the first two Bat films, ignore the female characters. I wish we could get well developed female characters with substance and actresses that could pull it off, but I think I'm just being greedy.

It's one small negative in what is bound to be an otherwise amazing film.

Some names I wish were being considered for Talia or Catwoman instead:
Marion Cotillard, Eva Green, Sophie Marceau, Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Michelle Monaghan, Lizzy Caplan, Olga Kurylenko ... There's probably some obvious ones I'm forgetting too. Some of these names are probably too old or too young, I don't even know. I can't even think of an appropriate Vicki Vale. I don't even want to try. I'm really rambling today.
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1:28AM on 01/12/2011
I like all of the choices that heve been rumored so far, but I think Knightley has been the best choice. For some reason, I see her as bringing more to the table than the other choices.
I like all of the choices that heve been rumored so far, but I think Knightley has been the best choice. For some reason, I see her as bringing more to the table than the other choices.
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12:56AM on 01/12/2011
Am I the only one who thinks Harley Quinn should be the main villian? And that she should be played by Kristin Bell? Or have I been streaming too much Veronica Mars lately?
Am I the only one who thinks Harley Quinn should be the main villian? And that she should be played by Kristin Bell? Or have I been streaming too much Veronica Mars lately?
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1:12AM on 01/12/2011
Harley Quinn isn't really a villain, more of a glorified henchman who doesn't work without the joker.
Harley Quinn isn't really a villain, more of a glorified henchman who doesn't work without the joker.
12:55AM on 01/12/2011
Vicki Vale? No please be Catwoman
Vicki Vale? No please be Catwoman
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12:18AM on 01/12/2011
Until I know more I shall not praise nor judge, except for one thing, CHANGE THE GOD AWFUL BROING AS FUCL TITLE!
Until I know more I shall not praise nor judge, except for one thing, CHANGE THE GOD AWFUL BROING AS FUCL TITLE!
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12:14AM on 01/12/2011

Talia & Vicki Vale?

More rumors. I wonder if Nolan ever logs onto these sites just to see what crazy rumors are floating around: (ex: The Riddler will be in the next film, Two-face isn't really dead, Jospeh-Gordon Levitt is going to be re-cast as the Joker). I'm sure he has a good laugh because we're normally wrong, but I love that the man keeps us guessing.
More rumors. I wonder if Nolan ever logs onto these sites just to see what crazy rumors are floating around: (ex: The Riddler will be in the next film, Two-face isn't really dead, Jospeh-Gordon Levitt is going to be re-cast as the Joker). I'm sure he has a good laugh because we're normally wrong, but I love that the man keeps us guessing.
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12:12AM on 01/12/2011

I LOVE EVA GREEN

if she AND Knightley is cast my head may explode
if she AND Knightley is cast my head may explode
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12:08AM on 01/12/2011
Honestly, I don't want any of the three listed above. They all seem too young and are in not even in the same class as the other two big actresses that were named (Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts).
Honestly, I don't want any of the three listed above. They all seem too young and are in not even in the same class as the other two big actresses that were named (Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts).
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11:44PM on 01/11/2011
Eva Green > Jessica Biel
Eva Green > Jessica Biel
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11:39PM on 01/11/2011
Please not Biel...
Please not Biel...
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11:17PM on 01/11/2011
They simply can NOT cast Anne Hathaway because that would anger Tom Cruise and Rachel Dawes 1.0... we can't have that now can we???
They simply can NOT cast Anne Hathaway because that would anger Tom Cruise and Rachel Dawes 1.0... we can't have that now can we???
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8:17AM on 01/12/2011
lol :P
lol :P
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10:57PM on 01/11/2011
I'm kind of sick of the superhero cookie cutter mold. Superhero meets girl, superhero loses girl, girl ends up at the final showdown. I don't know I just think the female love interest in every superhero film is too melodramatic.
Would it ever be possible to get a batman film where batman isn't "in love.."?
I'm kind of sick of the superhero cookie cutter mold. Superhero meets girl, superhero loses girl, girl ends up at the final showdown. I don't know I just think the female love interest in every superhero film is too melodramatic.
Would it ever be possible to get a batman film where batman isn't "in love.."?
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10:43PM on 01/11/2011
I loved Kate Mara as the crazy analyst in season 5 of 24.
I loved Kate Mara as the crazy analyst in season 5 of 24.
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10:40PM on 01/11/2011
Knightley would give a classy touch to TDKR
Knightley would give a classy touch to TDKR
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10:33PM on 01/11/2011
I loved Kate Mara as the crazy analyst in season 5 of 24.
I loved Kate Mara as the crazy analyst in season 5 of 24.
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