Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle the original Catwoman in the next Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."
Warner Brothers has confirmed what was rumored earlier this month about the casting.
The first Selina Kyle made her appearance in 1940 Batman #1. She plays both an ally and a villain to Batman. Also she plays the love interest to Batman. In Batman Returns Michelle Pfeifer played the role in the 1992 film version.
Here is the official statement via Deadline.com
BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 - Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.