Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game, Ripper Street) has been cast in the lead role of Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming Epix drama series Pennyworth, the Batman prequel that will tell the origin story of Bruce Wayne/Batman’s best friend and butler.
Bannon’s previous credits include the docudrama The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and Brad Pitt’s war drama Fury. He has also starred in a few television series, including Ripper Street, Clique, The Loch, and Endeavour.
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.
Alfred Pennyworth is described 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.
Pennyworth comes from executive producer and writer Bruno Heller (Gotham, The Mentalist, Rome) and executive producer and director Danny Cannon (Gotham, CSI series).
From Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the 10-episode, one-hour drama series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Production on the series will begin Monday, October 22, 2018, at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK.