Jada Pinkett Smith will play a “sadistic villain” in an upcoming Batman TV prequel.
The former Hawthorne star told fans in a Facebook post on Wednesday she landed the role in Fox TV drama Gotham and couldn’t wait to return to the small screen.
“Last night, I decided to accept the role of Fish Mooney, who is the sadistic villain in thee upcoming Batman prequel, Gotham, for Fox TV,” she wrote (sic).
“I’ve committed to a year to work alongside a very talented cast, a super cool, creative and talented head writer and an extraordinary director. This one…is going to be funnnnnn! Stay tuned:),” she continued.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gotham is an original tale that focuses on the story of DC Comics character, commissioner James Gordon, to be played by Ben McKenzie.
Jada’s character Fish Mooney is described as an “imposing and hotheaded” gangster boss and nightclub owner “who has the street smarts and almost extrasensory abilities to read people like an open book,” the outlet reports. The criminal persona is also boss of notorious villain The Penguin, who will be played by Robin Lord Taylor; Zabryna Guevara as Gotham City PD Captain Essen; Sean Pertwee as Bruce Wayne’s servant Alfred; and Erin Richards as Gordon’s romantic interest.
The actor who will portray Bruce Wayne/Batman has not yet been revealed. Catwoman, The Joker and Riddler are also expected to appear in the story.
Other castmembers include Donal Logue, as Gordon’s partner Harvey Bullock,
Gotham is being written and executive produced by The Mentalist’s Bruno Heller, with CSI, Nikita’s Danny Cannon directing and executive producing the pilot, according to THR.
A pilot date has yet to be announced.
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