Josh Pence has been cast as a young Ra’s Al Ghul in Dark Knight Rises, shedding further light on the closely guarded plot of Chirstopher Nolan’s upcoming Batman flick.
Pence — who played the torso, arms, and legs of Tyler Winkelvoss in The Social Network (his face was digitally swapped out for Armie Hammer‘s) — joins a cast that already includes Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman. His part takes place during a key flashback in the film, set 30 years in the past.
Though the plot of the film remains under wraps, Pence’s role clearly indicates that Ra’s Al Ghul, Batman’s mentor-turned nemesis who died in Batman Begins, isn’t entirely out of the picture quite yet. Whether that means we’ll get to see more of Liam Neeson (who played Al Ghul in the first installment of the series) remains to be seen. My guess is that he’s too busy filming movies where he gets revenge for things to go anywhere near the Batman franchise. (HollywoodReporter)