Irish actor Liam Neeson will join the cast of the new Batman movie - as the caped crusader's nemesis.

The LOVE ACTUALLY star has signed a deal to play villain RA'S AL GHUL, an international terrorist bent on destroying Gotham City, in BATMAN: INTIMIDATION.

Another addition to the cast - which already boasts the talents of Christian Bale, Katie Holmes and SIR MICHAEL CAINE - is Shawshank Redemption veteran Morgan Freeman.

He will play LUCIUS FOX, "a respected businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of billionaire BRUCE WAYNE's Wayne Enterprises based in Gotham City."

The movie is being directed by MEMENTO film-maker Christopher Nolan.

24/02/2004 02:46