With a rising profile thanks to “The Dark Knight Rises”, Anne Hathaway could be heading towards becoming quite an action hero. THR is now reporting Steven Spielberg is interested in Hathaway taking on the female lead role in his “Robopocalypse”, the big blockbuster adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s sci-fi novel. She is now in early negotiations for the part, but it is still far from official. Back in July, Spielberg chose Chris Hemsworth for the male lead, and with Hathaway now circling, it seems the project may finally be moving forward.
Wilson’s vision of the ever-popular post-apocalyptic world is one in which the machines that once aided the human race in their everyday lives have taken over. Cars begin to run people over in the street, automated doors trap people inside buildings, and more menacingly, army robots built to do the killing for their human controllers turn their deadly weapons on the US Army. They are all under the new leadership of a supercomputer who calls himself Archos. Drew Goddard adapted the screenplay, which drew Spielberg to the project initially, and the film already has a release date of April 25, 2014.
Hathaway earned acclaim and surprised many skeptical fans with her portrayal of Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises”, rather proving the former Disney star (“The Princess Diaries”) turned rom com sweetheart (“Bride Wars”, “Valentine’s Day”) turned Best Actress Oscar nominee (“Rachel Getting Married”) really can do it all. Her vocal chops are put to the test next as she stars as Fantine in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of iconic musical “Les Miserables”, out this Christmas.