Published On: Tue, Jan 25th, 2011

It’s official: Catwoman and Bane for ‘Dark Knight Rises’

Anne Hathaway has been cast as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and Tom Hardy will play “cerebral hardman” Bane.

Deadline.com confirms “the report that Batman villains have been cast and will join star Christian Bale in his third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, due in theaters July 20, 2012.”

In the Warner Bros. announcement, director Christopher Nolan says: “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.”

Nolan went on to discuss Tom Hardy as Bane,  “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.”

The pair join Christian Bale, who will portray the caped crusader for a third time with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman all confirmed to reprise their respective roles from the first two films.

Hathaway was among the actresses being considered for two female leads, alongside Keira Knightley, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton. The other female character is assumed to be the love interest of Bruce Wayne.

The announcement puts an end to the rumors surrounding Hardy’s role in the film, which speculated he would play Dr. Hugo Strange.

TOM HARDY as Eames in Warner Bros.

TOM HARDY as Eames in Warner Bros.

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