'Social Network' actor lands role in new 'Batman'

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 08, 2011 6:31 PM

By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Josh Pence, who played opposite Armie Hammer as Tyler Winklevoss in "The Social Network" (where Hammer's face was superimposed on his), has been cast as a young Ra's Al Ghul in "Dark Knight Rises," Christopher Nolan's new "Batman" movie.

The movie's casting has been ultra-secret, although Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are returning to lead a caped crusading cast, which includes Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cottilard.

The story line has also been kept locked up in the Batcave but Pence's casting throws more than a few crumbs to follow. Ra's Al Ghul was played by Liam Neeson in "Batman Begins," thus paving the way for a possible return of the supposedly dead character.

Also, while the studio never confirmed Cottilard's character, it has been rumored to be that of Thalia Al Ghul, the daughter of Batman's mentor-turned-enemy.

Sources say Pence will appear in scenes that take place 30 years prior to the present story.

Pence recently wrapped "Battleship," a big-budget action movie based on the board game, and indie political thriller "The Algerian."

(Editing by Zorianna Kit)