Anne Cat-away

Anne Hathaway is on fire. The lovely-smile-sporting actress scored a box office smash late last year with Love and Other Drugs (with her Brokeback Mountain husband, Jake Gyllenhaal), and she's set to host the Oscars next month with equally-hot (in both senses) James Franco.

Now it looks like the hype is starting to be matched by better roles. Hathaway has been cast as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's upcoming third Batman film.

Hathaway is an interesting choice, given that Catwoman has been typically played by a vampy type (Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry) rather than a girl-next-door type like Hathaway. But perhaps this is all part of Nolan's reboot plan, following on from the late Heath Ledger's thuggish Joker.

The Dark Knight Rises will also star Tom Hardy as villain Bane, and of course Christian 'Mad Dog' Bale will one again play a growly-voiced Batman. It's due out in July 2012, which should make it a welcome respite from the Olympics for lycra-haters.

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