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Halle 'heads for Catwoman role'
Halle Berry
Berry is known for her action roles
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is in talks about playing the lead role in the new movie Catwoman, according to reports.

Berry has had preliminary meetings with the although no deal has yet been reached, according to Daily Variety.

The movie will be directed later this year by French filmmaker Pitof, best known for his work on visual effects in 1997's Alien: Resurrection film. It will follow the character played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the Tim Burton-directed Batman Returns.

The role has been considered a dream project for actresses since Batman Returns and Ashley Judd was, at one point, rumoured to be lined up for the part.


Berry has proved herself in action roles in several films, most notably as female spy Jinx in the latest James Bond, Die Another Day.

She has also reprised the superhero character Storm in X2, the X-Men sequel, which is due out in the US in May.

A preliminary meeting was held on Thursday between Warner Bros and Berry's agents and manager, Variety said.

If a deal was made, Berry would follow in the footsteps of Eartha Kitt, who took on the role in the 1960s Batman TV series.

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