Naya Rivera to play Catwoman posthumously in animated Batman movie

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Actress Naya Rivera will posthumously play the role of Catwoman / Selina Kyle in an upcoming Batman animated movie.

The late star, who tragically drowned last summer, completed her voice work in the film prior to her death and was revealed as a member of the cast by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

Supernatural star Jensen Ackles plays the caped crusader in the superhero movie alongside a standout cast that includes Josh Duhamel and Amy Landecker.

One more role: Actress Naya Rivera will posthumously play the role of Catwoman / Selina Kyle in an upcoming animated Batman feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (photo in 2019)

One more role: Actress Naya Rivera will posthumously play the role of Catwoman / Selina Kyle in an upcoming animated Batman feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (photo in 2019)

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is expected to premiere sometime in the spring or summer of 2021.

The two-part project will star Ackles as Batman / Bruce Wayne opposite Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent and Rivera as Catwoman / Selina Kyle.

The late actor Naya Rivera is one of the voice stars of the film, which also features work by Jensen Ackles and Josh Duhamel, according to THR.

The rest of the cast includes Billy Burke (James Gordon), Titus Welliver (Carmine Falcone), David Dastmalchian (Calendar Man), Troy Baker (Joker), Amy Landecker (Barbara Gordon), Julie Nathanson (Gilda Dent), Jack Quaid (Alberto), Fred Tatasciore (Solomon Grundy) and Alastair Duncan (Alfred).

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One: Naya, who tragically drowned at the age of 33 last summer, completed her voice work in the film prior to her death

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One: Naya, who tragically drowned at the age of 33 last summer, completed her voice work in the film prior to her death

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One: Naya, who tragically drowned at the age of 33 last summer, completed her voice work in the film prior to her death

The Long Halloween is an adaptation of a 13-part comic book series about the Caped Crusader’s early years as a vigilante superhero. It was published by DC Comics in 1996-1997.

The role of Rivera is one of her last projects to be completed before her untimely death in July.

Naya tragically drowned at the age of 33 while cruising with her young son Josey off Lake Piru in California in July.

Gotham's Finest: Supernatural star Jensen Ackles (pictured) plays the caped crusader in the superhero movie alongside a standout cast that includes Josh Duhamel and Amy Landecker

Gotham's Finest: Supernatural star Jensen Ackles (pictured) plays the caped crusader in the superhero movie alongside a standout cast that includes Josh Duhamel and Amy Landecker

Gotham’s Finest: Supernatural star Jensen Ackles (pictured) plays the caped crusader in the superhero movie alongside a standout cast that includes Josh Duhamel and Amy Landecker

It is believed that Rivera jumped into the water to help Josey get back on their little pontoon boat, but was unable to get on board herself.

Josey, who was then four years old, was found asleep and alone in the boat drifting that afternoon, without any sign of his mother. The child lives with his father and guardian, Rivera’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey.

Rivera starred as Santana Lopez on the hit Fox music show Glee for the entire six seasons of the series from 2009 to 2015.

Glee’s cast will be reunited to honor their deceased castmate at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards next month, which will be eight months after her death.

Tragic: Naya drowned while cruising with her son Josey off Lake Piru, California, in July;  It is believed that Rivera jumped into the water to help Josey get back on their little pontoon boat, but was unable to get on board herself.

Tragic: Naya drowned while cruising with her young son Josey off Lake Piru, California, in July;  It is believed that Rivera jumped into the water to help Josey back on their little pontoon boat, but was unable to get on board herself.

Tragic: Naya drowned while cruising with her son Josey off Lake Piru, California, in July; It is believed that Rivera jumped into the water to help Josey get back on their little pontoon boat, but was unable to get on board herself.

Demi Lovato played Santana’s girlfriend on Glee, Dani, and will introduce the tribute at the awards ceremony on Thursday, April 8.

The recognition will highlight the character’s impact on LGBTQ teens and Latinx LGBTQ representation on television.

The tribute will feature cast members of Glee, including Jacob Artist, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Vanessa Lengies, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Alex Newell, Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., Becca Tobin and Jenna Ushkowitz.

Remember: Rivera starred as Santana Lopez on the hit Fox music show Glee from 2009 to 2015 and the cast of Glee will reunite to honor their deceased castmate at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards next month

Remember: Rivera starred as Santana Lopez on the hit Fox music show Glee from 2009 to 2015 and the cast of Glee will reunite to honor their deceased castmate at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards next month

Remember: Rivera starred as Santana Lopez on the hit Fox music show Glee from 2009 to 2015 and the cast of Glee will reunite to honor their deceased castmate at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards next month