As The Joker blew up the only female lead in The Dark Knight Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan are currently on the hunt for actresses to fill two roles in The Dark Knight Rises. One is said to be a villain, and the other a love interest.
Today new details have emerged on which actresses will be testing for the roles in the upcoming weeks, and speculation as to who they will play.
From Heat Vision:
Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel are due to test for roles in the Warner Bros. superhero tentpole in the next two weeks. Also testing are relative newcomers Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley. Hot British actress Gemma Arterton has also scheduled to test but, Arterton just landed the female lead in Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and might now have scheduling issues.
Dark Knight Rises needs to fill two big female roles, a villain and a love interest. Sources say one character is Talia, the daughter of villain Ra’s Al Ghul, who was portrayed by Liam Neeson in Nolan’s first Gotham-set crime pic Batman Begins. In the comic books, Talia is both Batman’s lover and antagonist, ultimately siring his alter ego Bruce Wayne’s son.
Knightley, Hathaway and Biel are familiar to most, however the names people might not be aware of are Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley. Mara recently appeared in 127 Hours and is the sister of Rooney Mara (currently shooting David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Riley is engaged to Tom Hardy, who co-starred in Nolan’s Inception and will play a currently unknown role in The Dark Knight Rises (i’m sure he’ll have a great honeymoon if he gets her a role in one of the most anticipated movies of 2012).
We will probably hear more casting news over the upcoming weeks as the movie gears up for a May shoot. Which actress would you like to appear in The Dark Knight Rises? Do you like the idea of Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter possibly coming back for revenge?