The Human Centipede franchise has never really been about selling itself with recognizable acting talent. The series' most established actor is Dieter Laser, the German star who played the villainous Dr. Heiter in the first movie, but even he is really only established in his home country. So it's an interesting development that the third film has added an Academy Award-nominated performer.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Eric Roberts as been confirmed to star in Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). He is the fourth actor to be announced for the project, as it was previously revealed that Laser, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)'s Laurence R. Harvey, and writer/director Tom Six will all be playing roles in the film as well. The article doesn't specify any details about the character that Roberts will be playing in the movie, and at this time there aren't any plot details available, but it has been said that this time around we will be seeing a Human Centipede made from 500 people (if you're unfamiliar with the franchise and don't know what this means, basically it's a chain of people connected mouth-to-anus in order to create a single digestive system). Production on the film has already begun in Los Angeles.
Roberts' most notable role in the last few years was his performance as Sal Maroni in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, but he has actually kept extremely busy since, mostly taking roles in smaller and direct-to-video films. Later this year should see him back in theaters in Lovelace, the Linda Lovelace biopic starring Amanda Seyfried that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
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