Maggie Gyllenhaal Replaces Katie Holmes In New 'Batman'

LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2007) — It looks like Maggie Gyllenhaal is picking up right where Katie Holmes left off.

Gyllenhaal is in final talks to star opposite Christian Bale in “The Dark Knight,” the next installment in the Batman franchise, reports Variety.

She will play Rachel Dawes, the role vacated by Holmes from “Batman Begins.”

In January, Holmes announced she was dropping out of the project.

Also joining the cast for the next Batman film are Heath Ledger as the Joker and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face.

“The Dark Knight” is expected in theaters summer of 2008.

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