'Batman' Sequel Lands 'Smoking' Two-Face

After a lengthy process in which nearly every 30-something actor in Hollywood was linked to the role, the part of Harvey Dent in the upcoming sequel "The Dark Knight" appears to be going to Aaron Eckhart.

According to a variety of media reports (and ample Internet scuttlebutt), Eckhart is in final negotiations to take the key role as district attorney of Gotham City. It's a part that Billy Dee Williams played in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman." However, as fans of the DC lore know, Dent becomes the mad crime boss Two-Face and Tommy Lee Jones took on the part for "Batman Forever" in 1995.

"The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's sequel to the franchise rebooting "Batman Begins," already has one newly added villain in Heath Leger's Joker. Christian Bale is reprising his titular role and Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are also believed to have booked return engagements for the summer 2008 release. Katie Holmes won't return as Bruce Wayne's love interest and casting rumors are afoot for new female leads.

Other actors linked online (and therefore probably not in the real world) to the Dent part, but nudged aside by Eckhart include Jamie Foxx, Ryan Phillipe, Josh Lucas, Guy Peace and Ethan Hawke.

Eckhart, who earned Golden Globe and Independent Spirit nominations for his work in "Thank Your For Smoking," next co-stars with Catherine Zeta-Jones in "No Reservations."