More Actresses Added to Shortlist for The Dark Knight Rises
01.12.11 by Ryan
While Christian Bale and Michael Caine will definitely appear in The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to The Dark Knight, Nolan has been taking his time filling two female roles in the upcoming sequel. In November, Nolan compiled a shortlist of actresses that he planned to meet with for either a love interest or villain role. The list included Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley, but latest shortlist includes several new names, with only two repeats.
THR reports that Knightley and Hathaway are still in the running for the roles and are due to test for Warner Bros. alongside Jessica Biel in the next two weeks. Kate Mara (127 Hours) and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights) are also testing for the roles, along with Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans), though Arterton might have some scheduling issues after being cast in a title role in Paramount's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Riley is the least known actress in the group, though she is engaged to actor Tom Hardy who has already been cast as the movie's male antagonist.
Collider had previously reported that Watts and Eva Green (Casino Royale) had been cast in the movie, though the THR report refutes this, claiming that Watts was too busy in Australia shooting the disaster drama The Impossible to meet Nolan and Green will be too busy shooting the drama Arbitrage starting in April. Watts could still in contention, however, since, as the report mentions, the actress wraps on The Impossible before The Dark Knight Rises begins.
Which roles are the actresses testing for? So far, those details are unknown, though both the THR and Collider report claim that one of the parts is that of Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, portrayed by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins. In the comic books, Talia is neither a villain or a heroine, and is often a love interest for Batman, ultimately giving birth to his son, Damian Wayne, the fifth Robin. Collider claims the other role is that of Vicki Vale, the newspaper reporter that often served as Bruce Wayne's love interest and was portrayed by Kim Basinger in 1989's Batman.
Whichever characters are included in the script should be considered rumor for now, as Nolan is working hard to keep the plot details of The Dark Knight Rises a closely guarded secret for now. Not even Hardy's role has been revealed, which means that online speculation will continue until Warner Bros. reveals a synopsis.
The Dark Knight Rises is expected to go into production in May in London and Los Angeles and is slated for release on July 20, 2012.