Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, Bert and Ernie, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. There have been plenty of iconic duos, both real and fictional, throughout history. But perhaps the best of them all is that of Bruce Wayne/Batman and his loyal butler/father figure/badass caregiver Alfred Pennyworth.
Alfred has been played with parental warmth by Michael Gough in the early Batman films and with sharp intellect and passion by Michael Caine in the recent Dark Knight trilogy. Jeremy Irons will surely put his own unique spin on the character in next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as well. But we’re especially excited for a new version of Alfred just announced today.
Academy Award winner Ralph Fiennes has officially joined the cast of Warner Bros.’ Lego Batman feature. The film will bring back Will Arnett, who voiced the Caped Crusader in The Lego Movie, while introducing Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl and likely Zach Galifianakis as the Joker. It’s a star studded animated event.
Alfred has been a Batman mainstay since 1943 and who better to portray all of that history and sophistication than Fiennes, who did as much last year in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay is directing a script written by author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. Lego Movie guardians Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be producing.
Fiennes is already familiar with WB’s franchise blockbuster making machine as he portrayed Lord Voldemort (I know, I said his name, sue me) in the Harry Potter franchise. Fiennes can next be seen reprising the role of M in the 24th James Bond film, Spectre.
No stranger to animation, Fiennes did voice work for 2005’s Wallace & Gromit movie, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Needless to say, his casting is another homerun for the growing animated Lego series.
Source: Hollywood Reporter