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BURBANK, CA, 31 July 2006 – As a follow up to last year’s blockbuster Batman Begins,

Christopher Nolan is set to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight, written by

Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. The film will be

produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan. Additionally, Christian

Bale will resume his role as Bruce Wayne and Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has

been cast as The Joker. The announcements were made today by Jeff Robinov, President of

Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.


Christopher Nolan revamped the Batman franchise in 2005 with the immensely successful

Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale in the title role, which chronicled the early years of

the superhero. Nolan first garnered attention from critics and fans in 2000 with the

groundbreaking drama Memento, which he wrote and directed. He went on to direct the

thriller Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, and recently wrapped production

on The Prestige, with Hugh Jackman and Bale.


Bale was most recently seen in the ensemble cast of Terrence Malick’s The New World. His

other credits include Little Women, Portrait of a Lady, Metroland, American Psycho, Laurel

Canyon and Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, which was his first starring role.


Ledger most recently earned Oscar Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations and

won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ennis Del

Mar in the award-winning drama Brokeback Mountain. His other credits include Casanova,

Monster’s Ball, Lords of Dogtown, The Brothers Grimm and The Patriot.


“Chris’ unique vision is what made Batman Begins such an outstanding film and we could

not imagine anyone else at the helm of The Dark Knight,” said Robinov. “We also can’t wait

to see two such formidable actors as Christian and Heath face off with each other as

Batman and The Joker.”


“I'm excited to continue the story we started with Batman Begins,” added Nolan. “Our

challenge in casting The Joker was to find an actor who is not just extraordinarily talented

but fearless. Watching Heath Ledger's interpretation of this iconic character taking on

Christian Bale’s Batman is going to be incredible.”

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