Batman: According to Variety, Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine has agreed to play the role of Bruce Wayne's trusted butler Alfred in Warner Bros.' new Batman movie.

The film, to be helmed by Christopher Nolan and being penned by David Goyer, is expected to start shooting next year for a 2005 release. Christian Bale has been cast in the title role.

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Meanwhile, Caine is also expected to star in Castle Rock's sequel to the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy Miss Congeniality. Bullock committed to the sequel which she will also produce based on a Marc Lawrence-script.

The start date for this project is in March.