Remember how an Alfred Pennyworth-driven series is in development? Well, the show has now found its headlining star.
As confirmed by Epix – the MGM-owned network who are behind the series – Jack Bannon has landed the titular role in Pennyworth. Bannon is likely best known to genre fans for the likes of Ripper Street, The Loch, The Imitation Game, and Fury.
For this show, the character of Alfred has been pegged as “a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. You would never take him for an SAS killer, thanks to his honest, open-faced, and witty demeanor. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become, and he doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”
Quite different to the gentle, wise old fella some of you may be accustomed to, right?
Of course, the announcement of Pennyworth came in the aftermath of the news that Gotham is to be cancelled after its upcoming fifth season. Gotham’s Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon are overseeing Pennyworth for Epix and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. At this stage, the plan is for a ten-episode first season made up of hour-long outings.
The early blurb on Pennyworth reads:
Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.
Production on Pennyworth is to start next Monday.