Actresses on the Shortlist for The Dark Knight Rises?

Heat Vision is reporting the trade has learned who Christopher Nolan is looking at for the female role in The Dark Knight Rises:

Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel are due to test for roles in the Warner Bros. superhero tentpole in the next two weeks. Also testing are relative newcomers Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley. Hot British actress Gemma Arterton has also scheduled to test but, as Heat Vision first reported last week, Arterton just landed the female lead in Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and might now have scheduling issues.

The site adds that Nolan is filling two female roles for his third Batman movie – a villain and a love interest. According to them, one character is Talia, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson in the first film).

Interestingly, Riley is engaged to Tom Hardy, who is playing a role in the movie.

Heat Vision says shooting is expected to start in May and will film in London and Los Angeles. The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters on July 20, 2012.