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Knightley, Portman, Hathaway battle it out for Batman

Hollywood's hottest actresses Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Rachel Weisz are apparently in the race to join the new Batman cast. And there are more!

hollywood Updated: Nov 12, 2010 18:20 IST

Hollywood's hottest actresses Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Rachel Weisz are apparently in the race to join the new

Batman

cast. Director Christopher Nolan has also lined up two blondes - Blake Lively and Naomi Watts - to meet with as he casts two leading ladies for

The Dark Knight Rises

, the upcoming third installment of the superhero franchise, reports the

Daily Express

.



According to

Deadline.com

, 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

.



The earlier

Batman

films had Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal playing the lead roles.