The Dark Knight Rises: Anne Hathaway Reveals the Auditioning Process for Catwoman

<i>The Dark Knight Rises:</i> Anne Hathaway Reveals the Auditioning Process for Catwoman

The actress wouldn't discuss the interpretation of Nolan's Catwoman but she does reveal the casting process for the role of Catwoman.



What was "The Dark Knight Rises" casting process like for you?
The casting process for "The Dark Knight Rises" was Chris met with a bunch of girls to have a general [reading]. And then he culled the list down three-and-a-half months later to do screen tests. So everyone with XX chromosomes [women] in Hollywood was sitting on pins and needles for three-and-half months.

Then I understood he screen-tested a few of us. He tested on a Thursday, and I think the [2011] Golden Globes were that Sunday. And I didn’t mean to, but wherever I went, I just kept bumping into Chris. "I swear I’m not stalking you. I’m not trying to force your hand. I’m not reading anything into anything." But it was really nice because a bunch of people I had screen-tested with, like Wally [Pfister] the DP [director of photography] and Jordan [Goldberg] the producer — they were all nominated for "Inception." I saw them that night, and they all made a point of coming up to me to tell me how well I did.

So I thought it had gone well, but you never want to get your hopes up too high. And so a few days later, I was back in Brooklyn, my manager called me, and she goes, "Meow." And I was like "Ha ha! Oh no, wait! Really?" And she said, "Yes." And I just celebrated! Celebrated! It was one of the best days of my life.



Anne sat down for a roundtable press junket today to promote her new movie One Day, but as you can see from today's coverage she is being hammered with Catwoman/Selina Kyle questions. I'm sure she expected that back in the day when she began that auditioning process.

I for one am extremely curious to know whom were the other actresses that were up for the part. Who made the final cuts, and actually screen tested.

As for my opinion on the Anne as Catwoman, I was very positive of the selection, but the images coming out of her have me concerned. I'm not a fan of the outfit that we've only seen "one tenth" of as Anne would say. The other ninety percent had better knock my socks off, or my only reaction will be, meh.


The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Garly Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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xBlaze96x - 8/9/2011, 1:13 PM
Meow?
TayDee - 8/9/2011, 1:30 PM
everyone doubts this movie will be good now but once they see it they will claim that they supported it from the beginning, just like the amazing spiderman!
CherryBomb - 8/9/2011, 1:38 PM

Bascially it's ...

"Wow, Anne Hathaway wants the role? - Oscar nominated and presenter? wow that's good press. She gets it"

CherryBomb - 8/9/2011, 1:39 PM

@TayDee LOL that is 100% true!
CapFan79 - 8/9/2011, 1:41 PM
I'm tired of hearing so much now. I really wish there was a trailer just to see her performance a tiny bit. What ever the costume may be lacking can be made up for with a very solid performance.
SunfireUrA55 - 8/9/2011, 1:42 PM
Of all the pretty ladies, they chose this ugly big eyes chick?
Rosas - 8/9/2011, 1:46 PM
Idk why ppl are gettin bent out of shape
Nolan said she was gonna be a burglar, just
Like in BB how Bruce was just in a mask.
It's just the beginning calm down. Plus Anne
She's hot gotta trust Nolans vision. I cant
Wait for this movie, my concern is Robin hmmmm
Interesting.
Monrogue - 8/9/2011, 1:46 PM
Haha! Yes Tea, love that costume idea!
CapFan79 - 8/9/2011, 1:48 PM
Guys, she is not ugly! She has a unique and different look than a typical beauty. You know, not just blonde with blue eyes or all bitchy.

Compared to Maggie Gyllenhaal she's a knock out. I have no problem with casting (I think). I just want a cool costume.
DarthDan - 8/9/2011, 1:51 PM
@ Tea - And then Big Ben Rothlisbuger and Nolan got hammered in a Georgia bar......... and BAM - Catwoman was born in Pittsburgh
DarthDan - 8/9/2011, 1:53 PM
CapFan - Agreed! Hathaway is leaps and bounds better looking than Maggie, and a WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better actor.
marvel72 - 8/9/2011, 1:58 PM
@ taydee

i think the first two nolan batman's are good but thats it,i don't like anything i've seen of this one.as for the amazing spider-man yeah i had my doubts about that costume but it has grown on me over time.
CapFan79 - 8/9/2011, 1:59 PM
@teabag, I think Cillian Murphy is the prettiest one in Nolan's Bat films.
Cross - 8/9/2011, 2:04 PM
this bitch just keeps getting annoying! [frick] your catwoman. i bet she's butthurt most of time on the sets because of the hotness of Marion Cotillard!
CherryBomb - 8/9/2011, 2:09 PM

@Cross I know, totally! Marion Cotillard is 7 years older than Anne and looked sooo amazing.

Hathaway is pretty but Marion is just a whole other level.
AsianVersionOfET - 8/9/2011, 2:10 PM
Morgan Freeman is the hottest person in these movies!
headlopper - 8/9/2011, 2:14 PM
It seems to me she's pretty stoked about getting the role, so I'm hoping that energy translates into a great puuuuurformance.(I had to)
JackBauer - 8/9/2011, 2:14 PM
She said Pfister ;)
RunDTC - 8/9/2011, 2:16 PM
while I don't particualy care for Hathaway, she is a vast improvement over Maggie Gyllenhaal. she is just awful!
headlopper - 8/9/2011, 2:18 PM
btw, if there's any Brits on line, what's going on with the riots? The real story cuz US media sucks!
Fantine - 8/9/2011, 2:19 PM
Anne Hathaway and Rachael Weisz, Keria Knightly, Emily Blunt, Sienna Miller, Mila Kunis and even Lois Lane herself, Amy Adams all reportantly tested for the role. With Blunt, Knightly and Weisz getting shortlisted, with Anne getting it, obviously.
InFamouslyCool - 8/9/2011, 2:22 PM
so because she's been nominated for an Oscar and has been a presenter that got her the job automatically, just because she wanted it... ahahahahaha as if she was the only award nominated or WINNING actress that wanted the role. i'd imagine Nolan met with women who had longer and more impressive resumes than Hathaway.
goatmilk - 8/9/2011, 2:22 PM
From what I remember reading a while back, some of the other actresses to audition were Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, and I think Naomi Watts too but she mightve been reading for "Miranda Tate".
goatmilk - 8/9/2011, 2:22 PM
From what I remember reading a while back, some of the other actresses to audition were Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, and I think Naomi Watts too but she mightve been reading for "Miranda Tate".
RunDTC - 8/9/2011, 2:25 PM
Anne Hathaway, Eva Green, Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Vera Farmiga, Emily Blunt, Sienna Miller, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Gemma Arterton, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Keira Knightley all auditioned for the role of Selina Kyle. After the initial audition process, Hathaway, Green, Biel and Mara all screen tested. Ultimately, Hathaway won the role.

Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Marion Cotillard were considered to play the love interest of Bruce Wayne. Cotillard won the role.
RunDTC - 8/9/2011, 2:25 PM
Anne Hathaway, Eva Green, Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Vera Farmiga, Emily Blunt, Sienna Miller, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Gemma Arterton, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Keira Knightley all auditioned for the role of Selina Kyle. After the initial audition process, Hathaway, Green, Biel and Mara all screen tested. Ultimately, Hathaway won the role.

Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Marion Cotillard were considered to play the love interest of Bruce Wayne. Cotillard won the role.
Fantine - 8/9/2011, 2:32 PM
I honestly do think they picked the right person, there something about Anne, its the same feeling I had when Heath was cast, it just seems to fit....
CapFan79 - 8/9/2011, 2:33 PM
@RunDTC Eva Green was my choice. So hot!
Greengo - 8/9/2011, 2:36 PM
Ahhhh Tea. You seldom disappoint. lmao
JimboRed - 8/9/2011, 2:37 PM
People that rip Hathaway are the same people that ripped Heath Ledger before Dark Knight.

If you don't trust Nolan by now then you are a hopeless troll.
Greengo - 8/9/2011, 2:37 PM
"that's not what my wife says" I know it's coming
headlopper - 8/9/2011, 2:39 PM
@jazzywazzy- sorry, but what's a chavs?
headlopper - 8/9/2011, 2:46 PM
^^^nevermind- didn't think of google-ing it. Got it, thanx!:)
CherryBomb - 8/9/2011, 3:05 PM
Emily Blunt will always be my first choice for Catwoman (then Eva Green)
She is such a hugely talented actress, has a beautiful classical face and look to her (which is how I see Selina) She is so elegant and classy yet can be very versatile.




Oh well .. spilt milk and all. Blunt HAS to be in a CBM soon.
l0rdleg0las - 8/9/2011, 3:14 PM
Blunt should have stuck with the Black Widow role. that would have been a shit ton better than Johansen

i also wish that Blunt had been named Lois Lane instead of Amy Adams who looks more like Lois LAME
Jakearoo - 8/9/2011, 3:19 PM
I agree that Blunt would have been amazing. She looks the part and can act her face off. However, I know Chris Nolan made the right decision by casting Hathaway. Nolan knows what actors work in what role.
RyanLantern77 - 8/9/2011, 3:22 PM
Lol @ teabag's photo
CherryBomb - 8/9/2011, 3:32 PM

@I0rdleg0Ias .. I 100% agree! She would've made a much better Black Widow .. she looks amazing with red hair. :/ they downgraded a hell of a lot with ScarJo and now Black Widow is terrible.

and again, Lois Lane would have been great with Emily behind it, Adams is a talented actress but far too old and hasn't shown as much versatility as Blunt.

@Jakearoo Yeah you're probably right, I should have faith in the Nolan.
CherryBomb - 8/9/2011, 3:51 PM

@Splenda How dare you! - Even if you don't find her sexy-looking she has a really great personality! - she just lights up a room <3
AsianVersionOfET - 8/9/2011, 4:04 PM
@CherryBomb, have you met her?
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