On the heels of her Saturday Night Live hosting stint (and ahead of her sure-to-be-Oscar-nominated turn in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables), Anne Hathaway is laying claim to yet another coveted role in a pending big-budget tentpole – Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse. Yet here’s the thing: The movie hasn’t been greenlit, and even Hathaway is hesitant to confirm that the film will actually happen.

“If Robopocalypse happens I will be in it," Hathaway told Empire, “and I believe it’s quite real, though you never want to hang your hat on anything.”

We reported on this a while back, citing at the time that Hathaway and Thor hunk Chris Hemsworth were being considered for parts in Spielberg’s planned adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel about mankind’s battle against our robotic technology, which one day wakes up and realizes it wants to kill us. The film’s proposed budget remains a sticking point, which probably is what’s holding Spielberg up as he contemplates moving forward with Robopocalypse -- a picture he has been eyeing for some time, and which Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox would love to get on their schedule, likely for a splashy summer release.

Hathaway’s a fine choice for an action/sci-fi thriller. Drew Goddard of Cabin in the Woods fame will be writing the film (at the moment), an as Empire points out, there are two key female roles in the story: A U.S. Senator and a “grunt.” But things can change from novel to screenplay, and so Hathaway – or whomever is hired – will have to be flexible. The actress has shown she’s capable of virtually anything, playing Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and lending her powerful pipes to Les Mis. Will she work with Spielberg next? It seems so, but time will tell.

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