“Batman” is set to fly again on the big screen, and Liam Neeson is eyeing a role in the star-studded cast, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Neeson, 51, who was most recently seen in 2003’s “Love Actually” and will star in “Kinsey” as famed sex guru Alfred Kinsey later this year, will appear opposite Christian Bale, who will play Bruce Wayne and his Caped Crusader alter ego, Batman.
“Batman: Intimidation” is scheduled for a summer 2005 release. So far, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy (“28 Days Later,” “Girl With a Pearl Earring”) and Katie Holmes have signed on to join the cast. Christopher Nolan of “Memento” fame is directing the upcoming release, which will be the fifth in the “Batman” series, following 1997’s commercially disappointing “Batman and Robin.”
This time out, the story will focus on Batman’s beginnings and a grounded, human side that has not been portrayed before, Nolan tells the trade paper Variety. “Ours will be a recognizable, contemporary reality against which an extraordinary heroic figure will arise,” he said.
In other movie news, Queen Latifah is putting together a remake of the 1974 blaxploitation flick “Truck Turner,” which originally starred Isaac Hayes. Whether Latifah plans to appear in the film was not immediately clear, says the Hollywood Reporter. (She currently has a role in the No. 1 movie, “Barbershop 2: Back in Business.”)
Also on Wednesday, Robin Williams kidded reporters at the Berlin Film Festival about his role in the upcoming science-fiction thriller “The Final Cut,” the Associated Press reports. Williams, who over the years has been known for his roles in heartstring-tugging fare such as “Patch Adams,” has taken on a string of darker characters lately, with films like “One Hour Photo” and “Insomnia.”
Williams described his role as a futuristic memory editor as part mortician and part priest. “I think from here I’d like to do ‘Einstein on Ice,'” he joked.