Anne Hathaway has oficially been cast as Selina Kyle, the original Catwoman, in the next Batman film, ‘The Dark Knight Rises… Anne Hathaway you say? In skintight latex and with a whip? Yum. That gives a whole new meaning to the title “Dark Knight Rises”.

Here’s the official statement.

BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway 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 Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

In addition, Tom Hardy 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.

As someone who was initially very skeptical over the casting of Ledger as the Joker, and was subsequent­ly blown away (like just about everyone) by his performanc­e, Christopher Nolan has earned my trust and respect.

Bring on the new film!

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