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Aaron Eckhart is Harvey Dent

In Entertainment on February 15, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Source :: The Hollywood Reporter

Aaron EckhartAaron Eckhart (“Thank You For Smoking”, “Paycheck”) has snagged the coveted role of Harvey Dent (and one can assume eventually Two-Face) in the upcoming Batman Begins sequel, “The Dark Knight”. Filming will be beginning soon on the picture, which is slated for a 2008 release.

The character of Harvey Dent is a Gotham City District Attorney who allies himself with Batman to help stop gang war in Gotham, but is horribly scarred during a trial when a mob boss throws acid on him. Half his face destroyed, Dent becomes Two-Face, a mob boss obsessed with the number two, his actions determined by a silver coin which he has scarred on once side. Eckhart will be the second actor to play this role in a live action feature, the first being Tommy Lee Jones in 1995’s “Batman Forever”. The character also made appearances in “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The New Batman Adventures”, voiced by Richard Moll (“Night Court”).

Also rumored to be joining the cast is Maggie Gyllenhal, who is said to be replacing Katie Holmes as the character Rachel Dawes. When asked for confirmation, her reps only advised they would not confirm or deny the report.

Eckhart joins a growing cast which includes returning actors Christian Bale (“The Machinist”), Gary Oldman (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”), newcomer Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain”) as The Joker, and is directed by returning director Christopher Nolan (“Memento”, “Insomnia”)