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Hathaway to play Catwoman in new 'Batman'

January 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Anne Hathaway is set to play the female lead in the new "Batman" sequel, "The Dark Knight Rises." She's been cast as Selina Kyle, whose alter ego is Catwoman, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday.

The 28-year-old actress will appear opposite Christian Bale, who's returning as Bruce Wayne and Batman. The studio also announced that Tom Hardy, whom Christopher Nolan directed in last year's "Inception," will play one of Batman's enemies, Bane.

"The Dark Knight Rises" is slated for release on July 20, 2012.

Hathaway will co-host the 2011 Academy Awards with James Franco on Feb. 27.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.