‘Batman’ bags a baddie

Irishman Murphy lands gig in pic slated for 2005 release

Batman’s next adversaries are starting to line up.

“28 Days Later” star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader’s villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.

Michael Caine has also joined the cast to play Batman’s butler, Alfred. Pic’s producers are now zeroing in on Katie Holmes to play the female lead subject to a screen test with Nolan.

Pic’s plot, scripted by David Goyer, is being kept tightly under wraps, but WB and Nolan are gearing up for a 2004 start date and 2005 release. WB exec Greg Silverman is the presiding Bat-exec.

Murphy, repped by UTA, appears in “The Girl With the Pearl Earring,” and has wrapped “Intermission,” opposite Colin Farrell. He first came to the attention of Nolan after he tested for the role of Batman.

More Film

  • Empty movie theater

    Netflix and Byron Allen Could Be Getting Into the Movie Theater Business

    Batman’s next adversaries are starting to line up. “28 Days Later” star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader’s villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the […]

  • Masters of the Universe

    'Masters of the Universe': Nee Brothers to Direct He-Man Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

    Batman’s next adversaries are starting to line up. “28 Days Later” star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader’s villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the […]

  • Julien Dubuque Film Fest

    Julien Dubuque Film Fest Offers a Personal Touch to Filmmakers and Attendees

    Batman’s next adversaries are starting to line up. “28 Days Later” star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader’s villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the […]

  • Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks

    Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks Animation for Family Films

    Batman’s next adversaries are starting to line up. “28 Days Later” star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader’s villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the […]

  • Elton John Biopic: Taron Egerton Boards

    Taron Egerton to Play Elton John in Biopic 'Rocketman' at Paramount

    Batman’s next adversaries are starting to line up. “28 Days Later” star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader’s villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the […]

  • Michelle Williams After the Wedding

    Michelle Williams to Star Opposite Julianne Moore in 'After the Wedding' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

    Batman’s next adversaries are starting to line up. “28 Days Later” star Cillian Murphy has landed the role of one of the Caped Crusader’s villains in the fifth installment of Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise. The young Irish actor would become the fourth thesp cast in the Christopher Nolan-helmed project that stars Christian Bale as the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content