Anne Hathaway will play the coveted role of Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. announced yesterday.
She reportedly beat out actresses like Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman to star opposite Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Batman franchise.
Selina Kyle is Catwoman’s alter-ego, but there is no mention of the feline villain in the Warner Bros. press release, so it’s unclear how much of the film Hathaway will actually spend in that famous catsuit.
Inception’s Tom Hardy was also cast as Batman’s antagonist in the film. He will play Bane, a genius with superhuman strength who escapes from prison.
The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released on July 20, 2012.