The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Ken Watanabe, Oscar-nominated for “The Last Samurai”, will square off against Christian Bale in Chris Nolan’s Batman!
Watanabe will play the villainous Ra’s Al Ghul, an immortal strategic mastermind who wants to bring his own brand of order to the world.
He joins Bale, cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Michael Caine as Wayne’s trusted butler Alfred; Katie Holmes as a childhood friend of Wayne’s; Liam Neeson as Wayne’s mentor Henri Ducard; and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises.
And we’re all smiling here! Meanwhile, Zap2it talked to “The Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Mortensen who denied having any involvement with the project…
Mortensen’s involvement came from an interview with Cain last December when the actor told SciFi Wire that Nolan was eyeing “The Lord of the Rings” star to play a villain in the film. Yet Mortensen himself says that he is not involved in the project.
“I’m not signed up to do anything at this point, but I guess there was interest from them and other people. But at the moment I’m not available because I’m involved [in doing press for ‘Hidalgo’],” he tells Zap2it.com.
Stay tuned for lots more on Batman!