July 17, 2012 10:49am PT by Jordan Zakarin
'The Dark Knight Rises' Cast: What Next for Christian Bale and Company?
They may be leaving Gotham, but Hollywood awaits with open arms.
Sure, there are Oscar winners and superstars among them already, but it's rare to get as big a stage and spotlight as is being afforded to the cast of The Dark Knight Rises. So while you're unlikely to see Christian Bale don the Batman costume, Anne Hathaway slip into her tight leather Catwoman suit, or Tom Hardy place that monstrous mask on his face once again, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the talented roster of TDKR on the big screen in the coming year.
Here's a look at their upcoming projects:
Christian Bale: The Oscar-winner is pivoting from being the muse of Christopher Nolan to that of an even more exacting director, Terrence Malick. He'll star in both of the enigmatic and hermetic helmer's next two films: The Knight of Cups, with Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett; and an as-yet-untitled film, again with Portman and Blanchett, as well as Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara.
Bale will also star in the revenge drama Out of the Furnace, a long-brewing project which will be directed by Scott Cooper; and then work with another demanding director, David O. Russell, in American Bullshit, which will co-star Amy Adams.
Anne Hathaway: Many pricked their ears up when Hathaway was cast as Catwoman, but reviews are looking good. So obviously, she'll make a total shift in her next role, that of Fantine in the big screen musical Les Miserables. In case you were wondering why her hair was so short on the red carpet, this role, which required a patchy shaved head, is the reason.
Tom Hardy: As the monstrous baddie Bane, Hardy is straight up harrowing. He'll stick to the wrong side of the law for his next film, the appropriately-titled Lawless (fun fact: it was given its name by Malick, who had it at one point reserved for his now-untitled film), a Depression-era bootleg tale that co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and his TDKR enemy Gary Oldman.
Currently, Hardy is filming Mad Max: Fury Road as the titular Max; Charlize Theron and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley co-star.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: It's a fanboy-focused summer for JGL, as after TDKR, he'll star opposite (in more ways than one) Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller, Looper. That film features time travel, and when that's over with, he'll be seen going way back in time, to take an ensemble part in Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president.
Before all that, there's the delivery-bike, chase-around-NYC flick Premium Rush, which saw its release date pushed back, and then JGL's directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction, which is currently filming.
Morgan Freeman: Back for one more turn as Lucius Fox, Freeman's schedule isn't slowing down. There's the illusionist heist film Now You See Me, with Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco, and then that noteworthy little sci-fi film Oblivion, which you may have heard is starring Tom Cruise and did some filming in Iceland.
Liam Neeson: Back for a short few scenes in this film, Neeson will get to show off his very particular set of skills once again in Taken 2. He's also set to star in Scott Frank's adaptation of A Walk Among the Tombstones, and is rumored to be taking on the role of President Lyndon Johnson in Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Gary Oldman: Fresh off his first Oscar nomination, Oldman keeps churning out flicks. After TDKR, he'll deal with a serial killer in Monster Butler, and deal with corporate miscreance in Paranoia with a star-studded cast that includes Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth, Amber Heard, and Richard Dreyfuss. Then it's back to fanboy fare, with a part in the upcoming RoboCop remake.
Marion Cotillard: Nolan's favorite, she'll be seen in the French film Rust & Bone, and will then play an early 20th century immigrant woman in an as-yet untitled James Gray project co-starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. It just recently wrapped shooting in New York City.
After that, she joins a pair of other star actresses in Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana in the mob flick Blood Ties; Clive Owen, Billy Crudup and James Caan also star.
Michael Caine: Finally freed from a lifetime of service to Bruce Wayne, Caine will get to take the lead in a romance (albeit fatally-titled), Mr. Morgan's Last Love. And, he joins Freeman in Now You See Me.