Word has it that Nolan and his team are meeting with as many as six different actresses hoping to fill two roles for The Dark Knight Rises, the much anticipated third chapter to his Batman films.
“Chris Nolan is lining up actresses he’ll meet for two female lead roles in The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment of the Batfranchise which Warner Bros has dated release on July 20, 2012. I’m told one of the roles is a love interest for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne, and the other is a villain. The actresses are: Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley.”
Updated: Moviehole has added three more names to the hareem…
I’ve also heard a couple of more names being tossed about in relation to the film… One is Tanit Phoenix, who worked with the studio on “Lost Boys 3 : The Tribe”. Another is Marion Cotillard, who has long been a fan-fave to take on the role of Catwoman. And last but not least, there’s been whispers of Piper Perabo, who Nolan worked with on “The Prestige”, being considered for a role.
Popular opinion suggests that the two female roles would be that of Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ras played by Liam Neeson in the first film, and hopes are high for Catwoman as a villain.
If I had to choose from that list for those roles, I would have Weisz as Talia. Manipulating her way into Wayne’s life under an alias to avenge her father’s death. And no other person on that list oozes sexual presence like Anne Hathaway does, so I would have to pick her for Catwoman.
I would love to see what Nolan does to bring a real world kind of approach to Catwoman. Likely a high tech cat burglar without the supernatural edge.
Other names that I wonder about on this list are Blake Lively, while tasty is already playing a current character in the DC Universe, so I wonder if he is meeting with her about a cameo, perhaps to tie the DC films loosely together. And Tanit Phoenix has already been rumoured to be considered to play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman for a proposed TV series.
Who do you think could fill these rumoured roles? Do you think those are the characters he will use?