Epix has found its lead cast members for its Batman prequel series Pennyworth. The series is centred around Batman’s faithful butler and confidant Alfred Pennyworth in his youthful days as a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and begins working for Thomas Wayne. Epix announced Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game) will star as Alfred while The Hollywood Reporter revealed Ben Aldridge (Fleabag) will portray Thomas Wayne.
Bannon’s Alfred is 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.
Aldridge’s Thomas Wayne is a young, fresh-faced billionaire hailing from the East Coast of the United States. Confident and extremely disciplined, this young aristocrat meets an unlikely business partner in Alfred Pennyworth.
Pennyworth has been developed by Gotham’s Bruno Heller, who will executive produce and write the series, and Danny Cannon, who will direct the pilot as well as executive produce. The series has been given a 10-episode first season. It will be unconnected to Gotham and The CW’s Arrowverse.