bill-swift - January 13, 2006
Hold the phone! Or some other cliche describing a need to pause for a moment and reflect. The latest rumours coming from the Batman Begins sequel camp is that some big names are being talked about. According to Moviehole, via Cinematical, Johnny Depp is director Christopher Nolan's top choice for The Joker, and Rachel Weisz would play a Femme-fatale character (who I believe may be Harley Quinn) out for revenge against Batman. WHile the source doesn't mention any names specifically, the clues given are very clear.
So is this a description of Johnny Depp?
"As you know, there are many actors who want the chance to do this character (The most requested Batman character next to Batman himself.) The studio is eyeing a major, major actor and Christopher Nolan himself is said to be just as excited as they are in nabbing him for the role. Who is he? Let's just say that he has a major film coming out this summer and it's a sequel to one of his biggest hits. In fact, his performance in the first movie was nominated for an Oscar. YES, they are looking at HIM if he is available for the role and rumor is that he might be interested depending on the script, which is being written right now."
And this seems to be a no-brainer for Rachel Weisz?
"This is the first screen appearance for this character in the Batman films and she has a very close connection with a major character in Nolan's first Batman movie. She will be out for revenge against Bruce Wayne and Gotham in a major way. As of who the studio is looking at for this role, let's just say that she is nominated for a SAG, a Golden Globe and is on her way to an Oscar nomination as well. She is also in fact five months pregnant and will be in tip top fighting shape once production begins to roll early next year but not before she throws a few coins in a fountain."
I think Johnny Depp as the Joker is quite possibly the best casting move ever. And Rachel Weisz could make a nice addition to the cast, although I would hope not as Bruce Wayne's love interest. We'll see how this pans out, but I'm definitely hoping it's true.
Update: Egotastic! reader Tony, says that Rachel Weisz will probably play Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ras Al Ghul, the villain from Batman Begins, and not Harley Quinn, as I speculated.