Josh Pence, one half of the Winklevoss Twins from The Social Network (Armie Hammer’s face was digitally added to his body) has been cast in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll be playing a young Ra’s al Ghul.
THR has “sources” that say Pence will play a younger version of the character Liam Neeson played in Batman Begins, and will appear in scenes taking place 30 years in the past.
This is interesting in itself, but equally interesting are the implications. If we’re seeing scenes of a young Ra’s al Ghul, what does that mean about the present day? The internet is now abuzz with speculation that this means Talia al Ghul, his daughter, will make an appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, and that Marion Cotillard (who has been cast in an unknown role in the flick already) might play her.
If this is true, you have to love Nolan’s commitment to the characters that have had less exposure in the DC Cinema Universe so far. First Bane, now this? Mind you, it might not be true, but Talia is a major part of the Batman comic mythos (she even goes on to be the mother of Bruce Wayne’s child, Damian), so it seems fitting that Nolan goes out with a bang by bringing more integral characters into the fray for his final Caped Crusader flick.