Movie News : The Dark Knight Rises
There has been a lot of hearsay and conjecture surrounding the finer plot points of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman outing seemingly since the director confirmed he would return for another instalment. Dating right back to immediately after The Dark Knight was released and Internet message boards went into over-drive predicting various Riddlers and Penguins to fill the void left by the untimely passing of Heath Ledger and the resultant loss of his unique take on the Joker.
As time has passed however, little by little the official details have begun to leak out. We now know that Anne Hathaway will join the project as Catwoman, and that a trio of Inception Alumnus are also involved with Tom Hardy confirmed as Batman back-breaker Bane and both Jason Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard are signed up with unconfirmed roles.
This weekend it was confirmed that The Social Network actor Josh Pence would also be joining the ever growing cast of notable young talents. Pence’s face may still be unrecognisable to many of us as he was the unseen body double for the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s recent Facebook drama. Some eyebrow’s were raised however when it was announced Pence would take on the role of Ra’s Al Ghul, last seen being played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins. Several websites have confirmed that Pence will play a young Ra’s Al Ghul 30 years junior to Neeson’s take on the character in Nolan’s debut Batman movie.
The appearance of Ra’s has given further credence to the already well circulated rumour that Cotillard will take on the role of Talia Al Ghul, Ra’s daughter, and Bruce Wayne will once again do battle with the mysterious League of Shadows.
There is much anticipation for Nolan’s next film following the phenomenal success of both The Dark Knight and Inception, but the director is notorious for keeping his cards close to his chest. The casting of Pence could be a red-herring plot wise, but it may just be that the final pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.
source: Hollywood Reporter