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Catwoman is returning to the big screen and Anne Hathaway is putting on the claws. Christopher Nolan announced the news Tuesday in a statement, saying Hathaway will join Tom Hardy in starring in the next Batman sequel with Christian Bale, ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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 said.

Hardy, who previously starred in Nolan’s last film ‘Inception’ as Eames, will play Batman’s next nemesis ‘Bane.’ News broke of Hardy’s casting back in October.

“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,” Nolan said.

Hathaway was on the shortlist of actresses vying for a part in the newly celebrated Batman series, which included names like Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley. Testing was conducted in the past few weeks along with Christian Bale, the report says.

Catwoman was previously portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman Returns’ in 1992, and Halle Berry starred in a non-Batman related rendition of ‘Catwoman’ back in 2004.

This is also the second time Bane will be included in the Batman series, when he was a small character in ‘Batman & Robin’ in 2004.

Rumors swirled around the news of Hardy being selected to star, suggesting he would portray Dr. Hugo Strange, which is now proven false.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is scheduled to release on July 20, 2012.


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