Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger has scored the coveted role of THE JOKER in the Batman BEGINS sequel, according to press reports in Australia. The actor was reportedly offered the plum part last week (ends23JUL06) and will star in the next installment of the film set to be released in 2008. Oscar-winner Robin Williams was reportedly desperate to land the role and The Da Vinci Code star Paul Bettany was also rumoured to be in talks for the part. According to film website Moviehole.net, film-makers wanted to cast an actor in the part of Batman's adversary who was roughly the same age as 32-year-old star Christian Bale. Ledger is also working with Bale on I'M NOT THERE, a film in which seven actors embody different aspects of musician Bob Dylan's life and work.