20/01/2011 10:54 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Anne Hathaway To Play Catwoman In New Batman Film

Anne Hathaway Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle in the next Batman film. Photo: Getty

Anne Hathaway will take on the role of Catwoman's alter ego Selina Kyle in the next Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

The actress was cast by director Christopher Nolan to star alongside Christian Bale - returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman - and Tom Hardy as super-intelligent villain Bane.

Interestingly, no explicit mention was made in the Warner Brothers press release of Kyle's feline alter-ego sparking speculation that Nolan intends to move away from the Catwoman role as portrayed by Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Commenting on Hathaway's involvement in the final part of his trilogy, Nolan said: "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story."

The Dark Knight Rises is currently scheduled for release on 20 July, 2012.