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the dark knight rises

Keira, Anne, and Jessica Vie for Batman Role

Director Christopher Nolan is tapping some top female talent for his next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Stunning Keira Knightley, beautiful Jessica Biel, and lovely Anne Hathaway are all reportedly auditioning for parts in Nolan's follow-up to 2008's The Dark Knight. Lesser-knowns also up for the role: Brit actress Gemma Arterton, Charlotte Riley, and Kate Mara, sister of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Rooney. While it's still unclear what parts are on the block, some sources claim that Nolan's casting for a character named Talia, the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul — a prickly villain who appeared in 2005's Batman Begins — who will be both a potential romantic partner and antagonist. May the best pretty lady win. [HR]

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