News continues to trickle down for Christopher Nolan's next epic Bat-flick "The Dark Knight Rises", and now a report from The Hollywood Reporter, which was posted in Screen Rant and Slash Film as well, suggests that a relatively new face has joined the cast to play a very familiar role in a flashback that will tie the new film to that of the first, "Batman Begins".
According to the article, Josh Pence from "The Social Network" has been cast as a younger Ra's Al Ghul, the role that legendary actor Liam Neeson played in a surprisingly awesome capacity in the first film by disguising himself as Ducard and misleading Bruce Wayne into thinking Ken Watanabe was Ra's until the final parts of the movie. While the end of Batman Begins suggests that Ra's perished in the climactic battle for the fate of Gotham City, his character will be making a return via flashbacks set some 30 years earlier to what takes place in "The Dark Knight Rises". Many rumors suggest that Inception actress Marion Cotillard may play Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's, but that hasn't been confirmed yet, nor is the other rumor that Neeson may return to reprise his role as Bat's greatest mentor/ enemy. We'll just have to wait and see how this fans out in the coming months. The movie starts shooting in May, so we'll probably get more news by then. For more on the story, visit the source posts at THR, Slash Film, and Screen Rant.
The Dark Knight Rises appears in theaters July 20, 2012.
*Originally posted by Timzster in The Crusader's Realm