Jessica Biel + Four Others Now Shortlisted for 'Dark Knight Rises'
A rumor just cropped up at Collider saying Naomi Watts and Eva Green have possibly been cast in the two female roles in the anticipated sequel The Dark Knight Rises. It was believed that Green snagged the role of female villain Talia al Ghul, daughter of Batman Begins villian Ra's al Ghul, while Watts would be playing love interest Vicki Vale. However, those two names don't appear on Heat Vision's new shortlist of actresses who are meeting with Nolan for the sequel. Those in the running include usual suspects like Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel, but there are some less known names mentioned to be in the running as well.
Also taking meetings with Christopher Nolan are Kate Mara (We Are Marshall, 127 Hours) and Charlotte Riley. Apparently Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) was also supposed to meet with Nolan, but her recent casting in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters may preclude her from even considering a role in the film. In addition, Watts and Green have been too busy shooting their own projects to meet with Nolan yet, so it's very unlikely that they're even close to snagging a role in the sequel just yet (though Watts was on the previous shortlist of actresses in the running)
However, even if Collider is wrong about the casting, they were right about one thing. Apparently one of the female roles will indeed be Talia al Ghul, and if Tom Hardy ends up playing a villain like everyone expects, then we may have two villains for Batman to deal with again. As a point of interest, Charlotte Riley is actually engaged to Tom Hardy, so do what you will with that information. For now we'll just try to sit patiently until some official information gets released. Which of these ladies would you like in The Dark Knight Rises?