Bane and Catwoman Cast in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Warner Bros. has chosen to play Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in Christopher Nolan’s . It has also been revealed that will not play villainous psychologist Hugo Strange, but “The Man who Broke the Bat” himself, Bane.

Check out the press release below:

BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 — Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with , who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

In addition, has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “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 will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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