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Batman Sets April Start, Powerhouse Ensemble Joins John le Carre Film

Thompson on Hollywood By Cameron Carlson | Thompson on Hollywood July 9, 2010 at 4:07AM

Michael Caine has revealed to Digital Spy at the Inception premiere (see below) that the new Batman will begin shooting in April. It's not the first time Caine, who plays Alfred the Butler in the Chris Nolan series, has spilled information about the franchise. A few years ago he said that Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman would be playing The Riddler and the Penguin, respectively. Although those rumors have come and gone, more are taking their place, including Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Riddler. Not a bad idea.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Michael Caine has revealed to Digital Spy at the Inception premiere (see below) that the new Batman will begin shooting in April. It's not the first time Caine, who plays Alfred the Butler in the Chris Nolan series, has spilled information about the franchise. A few years ago he said that Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman would be playing The Riddler and the Penguin, respectively. Although those rumors have come and gone, more are taking their place, including Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Riddler. Not a bad idea.

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Speaking of Batman stars, Gary Oldman may join a new film adaptation of John Le Carre's classic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) is directing a screenplay by Peter Morgan (The Queen). That's already exciting for the spy author's fans, but Variety reports that Oldman will be joined by Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender. Looks like the spy-movie planets have aligned on this one.


This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Daily Read, Chris Nolan, Batman, Thriller, Action, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Weinsteins, Disney


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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.