Jack Bannon & Ben Aldridge Cast As Alfred & Thomas Wayne In Epix’s ‘Pennyworth’ Series
US network Epix’s upcoming Batman-adjacent series ‘Pennyworth‘ has found its leading men, it has been announced. Jack Bannon takes the title role of Alfred Pennyworth, whilst Ben Aldridge will play his boss, Thomas Wayne.
The 10-episode, one-hour drama series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It 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. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an SAS killer. 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. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.
Jack Bannon, who takes on the role of Pennyworth, previously starred as Inspector Thursday’s son, Sam, in the ITV drama ‘Endeavour’. He also appeared in mini-series ‘The Loch’, BBC series ‘Clique’, and the movie ‘The Imitation Game’.
Thomas Wayne is described as 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.
Ben Aldridge, who will play Wayne, is probably best known to UK audiences for his role as Captain James in ‘Our Girl’. He has also starred in ‘Fleabag’, US drama ‘Reign’, and played Daniel Parish in ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’.
‘Pennyworth’ comes from ‘Gotham’ showrunner Bruno Heller, who will exec produce along with Danny Cannon (‘Gotham’, ‘CSI series’), who will direct the series. The show begins production today at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK. Despite this having ‘Gotham’ people involved, we should point out, it is not a ‘Gotham’ prequel.
As ‘Pennyworth‘ has only just gone into production it’s too early for a UK pick up, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.