“The Penguin” HBO Series Adds Scott Cohen, James Madio, & Michael Zegen
The Penguin series just added three new stars to the cast in the upcoming spinoff series starring Colin Farrell as the portly patriarch of the Gotham underworld. Variety reports that Scott Cohen, James Madio, and Michael Zegen will all be in appearing in the series, which will center on Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot and takes place after the events in The Batman. It’s slated for an 8-episode run, with Lauren LeFranc serving as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. The Batman writer/director Matt Reeves serves as executive producer.
While DC Studios co-chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran are hard at work building a brand new interconnected universe, Reeves is building his own Batverse. His vision for Gotham will extend not just with The Penguin but back on the big screen in The Batman Part II. These titles will fall under the newly created DC Elseworlds banner, while new projects from Gunn and Safran, like Gunn’s upcoming Superman: Legacy, will be a part of their new Unified DC Universe.
Cohen, Madio, and Zegen join a cast that now includes Cristin Milioti, Michael Kelly, Rhenzy Feliz, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Clancy Brown, and Deirdre O’Connell. HBO Max hasn’t revealed any character details yet, but Variety reports that Zegen, best known for his role in Amazon’s hit The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, will play Alberto Falcone, the son of slain Gotham crime boss Carmine Falcone, played by John Turturro in The Batman. Milioti is playing Sofia Falcone, Carmine’s sister. In the comics, Alberto Falcone is not a mere wannabe gangster but rather a gangster killer—he claims he’s The Holiday Killer, a man who takes out a Gotham gangster on a holiday every month.
Madio was most recently in Paramount+’s The Offer and also had a meaty role in HBO’s beloved Band of Brothers. Cohen has appeared in The Americans, The Gilmore Girls, Billions, and the film Killing Jessica Stein.
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Featured image: Caption: COLIN FARRELL as Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jamie Hawkesworth/™ & © DC Comics