The Social Network‘s Josh Pence reportedly has been cast as a young Ra’s al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.
According to Heat Vision, Pence will take on the role played by Liam Neeson in 2005’s Batman Begins for flashback scenes set 30 years in the past. His casting would seem to confirm speculation that Marion Cotillard will portray Talia al Ghul, daughter of Bruce Wayne’s mentor-turned-nemesis, in the final chapter of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
A rumor that emerged last month suggests that Talia will succeed her father as leader of the League of Shadows, with her muscle/possible love interest Bane (Tom Hardy) at her side.
Pence, who played opposite Armie Hammer as Tyler Winklevoss in The Social Network — his face was digitally replaced with Hammer’s — next appears alongside Neeson in Battleship.
He joins a cast that so far includes Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and, presumably, Marion Cotillard. The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012.