Anne Hathaway cast as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has cast Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman, reports Entertainment Weekly. "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," Nolan said in a statement released by Warner Bros.

Nolan has also tapped Tom Hardy to play Bane, who is "known as ’the man who broke the Bat,’" according to Of his Inception star, 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."

The Dark Knight Rises will be released on July 20, 2012.

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