GOTHAM Casts The Penguin, Alfred, and More
By Alicia Lutes on February 11, 2014
Riding high on the heels of the unveiling of their Commissioner Gordon — Southland/The O.C. actor Ben McKenzie — Fox’s superhero-sorta series, Gotham, has cast a few more Batverse-centric roles. Warner Brothers Television has, according to a report at Deadline, found the actors who will inhabit Captain Essen, Barbara Kean, The Penguin, and even Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming prequel series.
Robin Lord Taylor has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot — more commonly known as The Penguin. According to a press release, Taylor’s Penguin will have “the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal.” The series will posit Oswald Cobblepot as a low-level psychopath (for gangster Fish Mooney), hiding his “sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.” Taylor is most known for his work in The Walking Dead and Another Earth.
Sean Pertwee (yes, son of the Third Doctor of Doctor Who fame) has been cast as everyone’s favorite butler, Alfred Pennyworth. In Fox’s take on the character, Pennyworth is described as a “tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London” whose loyalty to the Wayne family is unwavering, especially in the wake of their shocking and tragic deaths. Because of this, Pennyworth becomes “fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne.” Previously, Pertwee has portrayed Inspector Gareth Lestrade on Elementary, and can be seen in Steve Coogan’s recent Alan Partridge film.
Also cast in the series were Burn Notice‘s Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen — perhaps a safe bet that her first name is Sarah — and Being Human‘s Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, otherwise known as the two women who were (at separate times, natch) married to Commissioner Gordon, which seems to indicate the series will address Gordon’s love triangle with the women. It’s also been reported that additional characters such as The Joker and Catwoman will appear on the series, meaning there’s only more where all this came from.
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