Robert Chesley

Anne Hathaway is going to play Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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According to a press release from Warner Bros. Anne Hathaway is going play Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy will play Bane in the next Nolan Batman movie.

This is interesting news for fans of the anticipated “Batman” film. Anne Hathaway was pretty brilliant in “Rachel Getting Married” and I wouldn’t mind seeing her use a little more of that darkness for her take on Selina Kyle or her alter-ego Catwoman.

Tom Hardy is an actor I’m not as familiar with, but judging from the stuff I have seen him in I can’t argue with the casting. Bane is also a Batman villian that I don’t know too much about (I know here is my Nerd Card guys). From what I understand he famously broke Batman’s back in a 90’s storyline.

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.

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