Paloma Faith has become the latest addition to the cast of Epix’s Batman prequel series Pennyworth, with Deadline reporting that the British singer has been cast as the show’s lead antagonist Bet Sykes, a “spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain [who] will test the courage of young Alfred Pennyworth and his new boss, Thomas Wayne, the future father of Bruce Wayne.”
Pennyworth has been developed by Gotham’s Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon and recently cast Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game) in the title role as the young Alfred Pennyworth and Ben Aldridge (Fleabag) as Thomas Wayne, as well as Ryan Fletcher (Outlander) and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Casualty) as Alfred’s military buddies Dave Boy and Bazza.
The official Pennyworth synopsis reads:
The series will see Alfred, Thomas and two of Alfred’s closest friends, Trinidadian Marcus “Bazza” Barrington and Scotsman Wallace “Dave Boy” MacDuff, take on the villainous Raven Society. Led by the mysterious Lord Hardwood and his sadistic henchwoman, Bet Sykes, the Raven Society will find themselves in what sounds like a season long game of cat-and-mouse with our heroes after Sykes abducts a dancer by the name of Esme Whitaker. The heroes will battle Hardwood and the corrupt London police force in an effort to rescue Whitaker and will have to come to trust one another to do so, setting the table for one of comics’ greatest relationships.
Platinum-selling artist Faith does have previous acting experience, having appeared in the likes of St. Trinian’s, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Dread and Youth.
Filming on the ten-episode Pennyworth is set to get underway this week at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK ahead of a planned premiere in 2019.