Michael Caine

Christopher Nolan will begin production on the next Batman movie in April.

That's the word from Michael Caine, who told DigitalSpy.com when shooting is scheduled to begin. Caine plays Bruce Wayne's ever faithful butler Alfred.

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"I think they're going to do it in April," the two-time Oscar-winning actor said. "That's about as much as I know."

The third Batman film is set for a July 2012 release. Caine co-stars in Nolan's Inception, which opens in theaters Friday.

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