FOX’s “Gotham” which follows the origin story of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous is heating up blogs with very exciting casting news over the last couple of weeks. The latest big name to join the casting ensemble is Will Smith’s better half, Jada Pinkett Smith. She has been cast as Fish Mooney, the boss of Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin. The character is described as “a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner who has the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.”
Let’s have quick look at the cast ensemble so far:
*Fish Mooney – Jada Pinkett Smith
Detective James Gordon (will later be the city’s commissioner) – Benjamin McKenzie
Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin – Robin Lord Taylor
Alfred Pennyworth – Sean Pertwee
Captain Essen (Gordon’s boss) – Zabryna Guevar
Barbara Kean (Gordon’s fiancée) – Erin Richards
Also see Fox’s Batman Prequel ‘Gotham’ Casts Penguin, Alfred and More for full character descriptions.
The show is described as following the younger days of Jim Gordon, as he learns the ropes in Gotham City and begins to encounter characters and villains that will become significant in later Batman stories. We can expect to see Batman’s infamous villains which include the Joker, the Riddler and Catwoman.
“The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller develops the one-hour drama. He executive produces and writes the pilot, which is in the process of casting. Danny Cannon also serves as an executive producer and will direct.
Additional source: hollywoodreporter.com