has turned down a $2 million deal to star in the sequel to Batman Begins
. The actress was expected to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes alongside caped crusader Christian Bale
for Batman: The Dark Knight
but has pulled out because of "scheduling conflicts".
Rumors have already circulated that Katie has been replaced by Wedding Crashers
actress Rachel McAdams
for the comic-book adventure, also starring Heath Ledger
as The Joker. Katie has instead signed up to star alongside Queen Latifah
in the comedy Mad Money
The movie - to be directed by Callie Khouri - follows three female janitors working at the Federal Reserve who plot a major heist. The former Dawson's Creek
actress' move into comedy is believed to be part of her plan to re-launch herself, following her career break to marry Tom Cruise
and have their daughter, Suri.
However, film insiders have suggested she has been struggling to find work because of her controversial conversion to her husband's Scientology faith.
A source said: "Studios may be gun-shy if her new status as a tabloid fixture. And her expectations may be raised as the new Mrs Cruise. Stars of much bigger stature, including Meg Ryan
and Demi Moore
, have found it tough to regain their momentum after taking time off."