‘Gotham’ Casts Alfred, The Penguin - ARTICLE

Fox’s “Gotham” is growing.

The television drama, which is set to follow the stories of villains and heroes in Gotham, before Bruce Wayne became Batman, has announced the castings of several key players.

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Robin Lord Taylor, who most recently played one-half of an ill-fated hippie couple on “The Walking Dead” Season 4, has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.

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“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,” is how Warner Bros., the studio behind the drama, described the character.

Sean Pertwee, who plays Lestrade on CBS’ “Elementary,” has been cast as a younger Alfred Pennyworth.

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The version of his character has been described as, “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.”

Zabryna Guevara from “Burn Notice” will play Captain Essen, Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) boss at GCPD. Essen “balances the two worlds of police and politics with a Machiavellian skill that’s as much corporate litigator as cop.”

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Finally, Erin Richards from “Being Human” will play Barbara Kean, “a sophisticated emergency room doctor.” She is the fiancee of James Gordon, a woman who is “joyful but with an edge of vulnerability. She stands by her future husband…which can be difficult in a world as corrupt as Gotham,” per Warner Bros.

-- Jolie Lash

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