Tom Hardy's 'massive' transformation

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The third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, The Dark Knight Rises is the sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne (Batman) while Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman all return to play their respective characters as a terrorist leader called Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing its hero to breaking point and beyond. Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman.
February 15th, 2012

Tom Hardy has made a ''massive'' physical transformation to star in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

The 'Warrior' actor - who is set to portray Bane in the movie - has bulked up for the motion picture, according to producer Emma Thomas.

She said: ''Tom made a massive physical transformation for the role... It really is an intense performance.''

''He finally feels like a match for Batman - both physically and mentally.''

As well as being a good match between Bane and Batman - who is played by Christian Bale - Emma admitted the 34-year-old star and Christian are ''fiercely committed'' which makes their onscreen rivalry work perfectly.

She added to Total Film magazine: ''Christian Bale and Tom Hardy are both such fiercely committed actors that pitching them as adversaries works incredibly well - they have such a great chemistry on camera.''

Anne Hathaway is set to take up the role of Catwoman in the motion picture, and Emma promises the brunette beauty's character will come with a few surprises.

She explained: ''It's completely new, and it's a really interesting role. You never quite know where you are with her.''