Variety reports that 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.
The film, scripted by David Goyer, is gearing up for a 2004 start date and 2005 release.