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Knightley, Hathaway and Biel Vie For Dark Knight Rises Role

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Jan 12, 2011 | 5:34am EST

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Anne HathawayFirst the Dark Knight wooed Katie Holmes, then Maggie Gyllenhaal; now he’s moving onto other leading ladies and he’s got quite a group to choose from. Word has it that Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Biel are all testing to see if they might be the right fit for the caped crusader.

Dark Knight Rises, the next Batman movie from Christopher Nolan, has two sizable female roles to fill – one villainess and one leading lady and love interest. One of these ladies will reportedly by the daughter of Liam Neeson’s character from Batman Begins, Ra’s Al Ghul. Talia appears in the comic books playing both lover and antagonist to Mr. Wayne, do I sense a love triangle in the Batman’s next adventure?

Also testing for one of these leading lady spots are a few up and coming actresses; Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley, and Gemma Arterton are all scheduled for testing. Arterton’s plate is a little full at the moment; her casting in Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters may provide a conflict. You may recognize Mara from a small role in Iron Man 2 and Riley is fairly unknown except for being one of the luckiest ladies alive (she’s engaged to Tom Hardy who also landed a role in Dark Knight Rises).

Any way you slice it, it looks like Bruce Wayne’s going to come out on top, and with three names like Knightley, Hathaway, and Biel, I’m hoping he’ll have another leading lady that’s a little less damsel and a little more kickass.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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