‘Inception’ Star Tom Hardy In Talks For ‘Batman 3′

Breakout British actor may reunite with Christopher Nolan for 'Dark Knight' follow-up, according to a report.

Fresh off the nerd-gasmic news that Christopher Nolan handpicked phenom Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”) to helm the Warner Bros./ DC Entertainment “Superman” reboot comes word about the hotly anticipated “Dark Knight” follow-up.

The “Inception” director is gearing up to direct the still-untitled “Batman 3,” and speculation almost immediately turned to casting. On Wednesday (October 13), Deadline reported that Nolan’s breakout “Inception” star Tom Hardy is in talks to take on a lead role in the Batman flick. Naturally, details about the role are few and far between, but it seems Hardy could be inking a deal to play a villain.

A role in “Batman 3″ would only add to Hardy’s busy schedule. Although his “Mad Max” movie has been delayed, the rising star has several projects lined-up, including “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” and is currently shooting the McG-directed comedy “This Means War,” opposite Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon.

When MTV News recently caught up with franchise star Morgan Freeman, the veteran actor gave something of a confirmation that production would kick off in spring 2011. “No, I don’t really know anything at all,” Freeman said. “I’ve heard what you’ve heard: Spring.”

The man behind the caped crusader’s next chapter has been equally vague with “Batman 3″ news. Earlier this year, we asked the director whether he was feeling any anxiety about the third installment.

“Yes and no, I suppose would be the answer,” Nolan told us . “We know we’re aiming for 2012 [as a release date]. That’s been talked about. We’re just working on the script, really. My brother [Jonah Nolan] has been hard at work on it for quite some time. It’s based on a story that myself and David Goyer have written.”

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