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Anne Hathaway Rises as Catwoman in Nolan's Next Dark Knight: Right Pick?

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2011 at 6:51AM

Versatile actress on-the-rise Anne Hathaway just nabbed one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. She'll play Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman, previously played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry) in The Dark Knight Rises across from Christian Bale and bad-guy Tom Hardy.
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Versatile actress on-the-rise Anne Hathaway just nabbed one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. She'll play Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman, previously played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry) in The Dark Knight Rises across from Christian Bale and bad-guy Tom Hardy.

This year's Oscar co-host (with jack-of-all-trades James Franco), Hathaway's disappointing Love & Other Drugs served as a showcase of why she'll look good in skin-tight Catwoman clothes.

But Hathaway did not rank high on our TOH poll (below) on who should star in The Dark Knight Rises (clearly not indicative of Christopher Nolan's taste in Batman actresses, from Katie Holmes in Batman Begins to Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight).

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The poll places Keira Knightley much higher than Hathaway (Knightley may have a new gig, taking over from pregnant Marion Cotillard on Cosmopolis). There is still a slot open for another actress to jump on board this train to box office glory during Summer 2012: The Dark Knight grossed over $1 billion worldwide, while Batman Begins made $372.7 million. May we hope for someone new?

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This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Studios, News, Chris Nolan, Batman, Sequel, Comics, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.