Hot on the heels of casting Jack Bannon as its titular Alfred, Epix’s Pennyworth series has added two more to its ranks.
As revealed by Epix themselves, Outlander’s Ryan Fletcher and Casualty’s Hainsley Lloyd Bennett have been confirmed as series regulars on the show, joining Bannon and Ben Aldridge – who is playing Thomas Wayne – in the action. Fletcher will be playing a character called Dave Boy, a hard-drinking Scotsman who has been drinking himself to death since his army days came to an end. For Bennett, he has the role of Bazza, a posh playboy whose speciality is logistics. Both characters are lifelong pals of Alfred.
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.