Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has been approached to play Detective Sarah Essen in The Dark Knight Rises. Comic Book Movie, report the role is that of a love interest for Commissioner Jim Gordon [Gary Oldman].
As for Essen, her character dates back to Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Batman: Year One arc where she and the married Gordon strike up an affair whose inevitable end leads to Essen leaving Gotham for New York City. If you’d like to know more about Det. Sarah Essen, check out her Wikipedia page here.
The site also reports that Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga and Kacie Thomas have already auditioned for the role of Julie Madison. As far as Batman history goes, Ms. Madison is known for being engaged to millionaire Bruce Wayne and as one of his first love interests. She dates all the way back to Detective Comics #31 which was released in 1939.
This follows the recent speculation that Talia Al Ghul will be involved in Nolan's final film of the franchise.