Hollywood's hottest actresses Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Rachel Weisz are apparently in the race to join the new
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
, 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
's foe in the follow-up to 2008's
The Dark Knight
films had Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal playing the lead roles.