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Robert Pattinson might play Batman for Matt Reeves

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

is in negotiations to play in Matt Reeves' upcoming

The film titled "The Batman" is slated to release in June 2021.

While sources say it's not yet a done deal, is the top choice and it's expected to close shortly, reports variety.com.

Pre-production on the -DC Comics movie is expected to start later this year.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two "Planet of the Apes" sequels, assumed "Batman" directing duties from in January 2017 and has been developing the project ever since. Affleck was the to play on the big screen in 2016's "v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and 2017's "Justice League".

Affleck and began discussing the leaving the 'Caped Crusader' after "Justice League".

Multiple reports suggest Pattinson, 33, is the frontrunner to play the superhero avatar, while other names floating for the role include Armie Hammer, and

According to variety.com, was cast even as continue to polish a final version of the script. will produce "The Batman" with his "Planet of the Apes" collaborator

If the deal is sealed, the "Twilight" star will become the youngest to ever play Batman on the big screen.

The shoot for the film might start in late 2019 or early 2020.

Pattinson has a total of four films opening this year, beginning with Claire Denis' "High Life". He also appears in Robert Eggers' "The Lighthouse", "The King" for and "Waiting for the Barbarians".

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 10:16 IST
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