Maggie Gyllenhaal is in final negotiations to join the all-star cast of “The Dark Knight,” Warner Bros. Pictures sequel to “Batman Begins”.
Gyllenhaal is being tapped to play D.A. Rachel Dawes, the love interest to Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale). In the first movie, Dawes was played Katie Holmes who dropped out a few months ago. Reps for Holmes said she was unable to reprise her role because of scheduling conflicts.
Other reports indicate that one of the reasons may have been her husband Tom Cruise’s reluctance that his wife appear in love scenes with Bale which apparently the character gets up to in this sequel.
Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are all set to return along with new faces Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart. Chris Nolan is back in the director’s chair and filming kicks off shortly for a July 2008 release.