Casting continues on NBC’s highly anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham. After setting Ben McKenzie (Southland) in the lead role of James Gordon, the network recently filled roles for The Penguin, Gordon’s boss, and Gordon’s fiancée, and they also set Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) in the role of Detective Harvey Bullock. Now NBC has set another villainous role for the series, as Jada Pinkett Smith has landed the series regular role of Fish Mooney. The character is described as an imposing and hotheaded sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner who has “the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book.” It’s certainly nice to see a female land a major role for once, and I’m interested to see what the actress will bring to the role. Smith recently starred in the leading role of the TNT series Hawthorne for three seasons, before the show was canceled in 2011.
Gotham was scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), who will also serve as showrunner. NBC has already ordered the show to series.