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Volume 4 Wednesday, December 10, 2003 Page 1 of 1

HOLMES AND MURPHY FOR BATMAN

This is from variety.com

Warner Bros. is zeroing in on Katie Holmes for the female lead of its next Batman film.

Holmes has been offered the role, subject to a screen test with Christian Bale that will be conducted by director Christopher Nolan. While Nolan considered many young actresses to play Batman's love interest Rachel, Holmes is the only actress who will do a screen test. It is considered likely that a deal will follow shortly after.

Holmes would be the third cast. Nolan, who came aboard the film with his producing partner Emma Thomas, first set Christian Bale as the Caped
Crusader, and recently began negotiating with Michael Caine to play his butler, Alfred.

"28 Days Later" star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader's villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.' "Batman" franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.

Editor's Note: Cillian Murphy is another solid casting choice, nothing negative there. But Katie Holmes in a Batman film? We'll have to wait and see about her.