HBO Max’s The Penguin has added Michael Zegen, James Madio and Scott Cohen to its cast in recurring roles. While HBO Max has yet to release any details about the characters these actors will be portraying, Variety reports that Zegen has been cast as the Batman villain Alberto Falcone.
Alberto Falcone is a fictional character in the Batman universe, first introduced in the DC Comics series Batman: The Long Halloween. Created by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Alberto is the son of notorious Gotham City mob boss Carmine Falcone. While his father is a feared and respected figure in the criminal underworld, Alberto is depicted as a troubled and conflicted character who struggles to live up to his family’s expectations.
Throughout The Long Halloween, Alberto is shown grappling with his own desires and fears, ultimately leading to a tragic and unexpected conclusion. His father made an appearance in The Batman, with John Tortutto bringing the character to life, adding another layer of complexity ahead of his appearance in The Penguin.
Also known as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, The Penguin is one of Batman’s most notorious foes. He’s a master criminal with a distinctive look, thanks to his rotund physique, top hat, monocle and long nose. He’s been portrayed on-screen before by actors like Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito and Robin Lord Taylor, but Colin Farrell is the latest star to bring him to life.
Who is attached to the Penguin series?
The Penguin is set in the same universe as The Batman and sees Colin Farrell returning to the role of the titular DC Comics villain. Cristin Milioti is on board as the female lead, Sofia Falcone, the daughter of Carmine. Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell and Rhenzy Feliz round out the cast in undisclosed roles.
Mare Of Easttown helmer Craig Zobel is directing the first two episodes of The Penguin, with Lauren LeFranc (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Chuck) overseeing the project as its writer and showrunner. Colin Farrell is an executive producer on the series alongside The Batman director Matt Reeves and producer Dylan Clark.
The Batman opened in theaters this past March, earning 770.8 million at the worldwide box office, a figure that makes it the firth highest-grossing movie of the year. Reeves is working on a sequel to the Warner Bros. project and currently writing its script alongside Mattson Tomlin.
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