Thursday, February 15, 2007

FILM: Aaron Eckhart IS Harvey Dent

After months of speculation, director Christopher Nolan finally has his District Attorney for the upcoming The Dark Knight.

People all over the net have been speculating for months who will play Harvey Dent and his alter ego Two-Face in the upcoming Batman Begins sequel. Edward Norton had his name tossed around, so did Jamie Foxx and Josh Lucas, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was even a contender at one point, but neither one of these gentlemen were able to snag the part. Today it was announced that Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking, Erin Brockovich) has taken the role and will star alongside Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, and recently announced Maggie Gyllenhaal in the upcoming The Dark Knight.

I REALLY like this casting choice. Ekhart has proven he can play straight roles as well as comedic characters and I feel that he'll be a great fit. Hopefully he'll be able to capture the role of the determined and passionate Harvey Dent yet be able to twist full circle and play the relentless villain Two-Face. Like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eckhart must really capture the relationship that Harvey Dent shares with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) in the film. The two are friends, and both fight crime their own way, hopefully that comes across well in the picture.

Now, it's not clear whether or not Dent will transform into Two-Face during the course of the sequel or if it will be left open for a third film. It may likely occur as a cliff-hanger setting up the next film, but that's just speculation.

What do you guys think of this casting choice for Harvey Dent? Are WB and Christopher Nolan on to something with Eckhart or is he completely miscast? Post a comment and let me know your opinion.

Check for more news on The Dark Knight leading up to its release in the summer of 2008.


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Patrick Do said...

awesome news.

Thank You For Smoking was a killer movie. It made me take up smoking. I smoke a pack a day now.

Larry_Chimp_Man said...

Yeah, I agree. Thank You For Smoking was great and it really taunted Eckhart's charisma on screen. Hopefully a bit of that character goes into Harvey Dent.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Carmen said...

I didn't like Thank You For Smoking, but I do love Aaron Eckhart. Actually, I think he'd be great in this role.

Also I think Heath Ledger as the Joker is genius.

Larry_Chimp_Man said...

I CAN'T WAIT to see Heath Ledger as Joker in The Dark Knight. I am really excited to see where he takes the character. Here's hoping for a really dark and twisted joker, one that will scare kids senseless. We'll see.

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