Knightley, Portman & Weisz Eye Batman Roles

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November 11, 2010 | 8:45pm EST

Hollywood’s hottest actresses are battling it out to join the new Batman cast – Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Rachel Weisz are among the six stars vying for roles.
Director Christopher Nolan has also lined up a pair of blondes – Blake Lively and Naomi Watts – to meet with as he casts two leading ladies for The Dark Knight Rises, the upcoming third instalment of the superhero franchise.

According to, the super-secretive filmmaker is on the hunt for a female villain and a love interest for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne.

Speculation has been rife about the forthcoming blockbuster’s plot details, with recent reports suggesting Tom Hardy will play Batman’s foe in the follow-up to 2008’s The Dark Knight.