LATEST: Maggie Gyllenhaal is in final talks to replace Katie Holmes in the Batman BEGINS sequel.
The new mum became an instant favourite to take on the RACHEL DAWES character in THE DARK KNIGHT after Holmes quit the role shortly after becoming MRS TOM CRUISE.
Director Christopher Nolan tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm extremely excited to work with an actress of Maggie's calibre, and she's a great addition to the cast."
Cameras will role on the film, which stars Christian Bale as the comic book hero, this spring (07). The film will be released in 2008.