FOX’s ‘Gotham’ Prequel Casts Penguin, Alfred
Mere days after announcing the casting of Ben McKenzie in the lead role of Jim Gordon for their upcoming Batman prequel, Gotham, FOX has now confirmed the casting of actors for the roles of Alfred Pennyworth and Oswald Cobblepot (better known as The Penguin), among other regular series roles.
Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee and Erin Richards have joined the cast as series regulars on the upcoming drama set to focus on the origin of the future Commissioner Gordon, as well as the villains he and Batman will one day team up to bring down. Check out the full details on the casting below via the official press release:
Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth, Accepted, The Walking Dead) has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin). Character description: With the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal, Oswald Cobblepot is a low-level psychopath (for gangster Fish Mooney) who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.
Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice, 3 lbs.) has been cast as Captain Essen. Character description: Gordon’s boss at the GCPD Homicide Squad, Captain Essen balances the two worlds of police and politics with a Machiavellian skill that’s as much corporate litigator as cop.
Sean Pertwee (Alan Partridge, Jo, Camelot, Devil’s Playground Doomsday, Event Horizon) has been cast as Alfred Pennyworth. Character description: A tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London, Alfred Pennyworth has loyally served the Waynes. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne.
Erin Richards (Breaking In, Being Human, Merlin) has been cast as Barbara Kean. Character description: A sophisticated emergency room doctor, Barbara is the fiancée of James Gordon, joyful but with an edge of vulnerability. She stands by her future husband…which can be difficult in a world as corrupt as Gotham.
Given what I know about Pertwee, I actually think he’d be a much better Penguin than an Alfred, but I’m not sure exactly what kind of portrayal this particular continuity is aiming for here. The Penguin is, understandably, meant to be much younger here, so I suppose Taylor’s casting does make sense, especially given that Bruce Wayne is only between 10-12 in this adaptation.
Gotham is already in production for premiere during the 2014-2015 broadcast season on FOX, and while we still don’t know as much about it as we might like to, I know I’m definitely excited to see the show’s take on the DC Universe.