Penguin Casting Hints Alberto Falcone; James Gunn: Batman Can Appear

Michael Zegen, James Madio & Scott Cohen have reportedly joined the cast of HBO Max's The Penguin; James Gunn confirms Batman can appear.

As production rolls along on writer & showrunner Lauren LeFranc and HBO Max's upcoming Colin Farrell-starring The Penguin, we have some major casting news to pass along courtesy of some exclusive Variety reporting. Michael Zegen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), James Madio (The Offer) & Scott Cohen (Billions) are reportedly set to join Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O'Connell, and Clancy Brown in the spinoff series set in the universe of Matt Reeves' The Batman. Though no details on their respective characters were released, Zegen has reportedly been tapped to play Alberto Falcone, son of Gotham crime boss Carmine Falcone (John Turturro in The Batman) and the brother of Sofia Falcone (Milioti).

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Also, DC Studios head James Gunn clarified that there will be no legal issues with Batman appearing in the spinoff series. Reports recently called into question whether or not long-standing legal issues would impact the spinoff streaming series:

And here's a look back at what Farrell had to share about the spinoff series during his interview with Gold Derby:

Farrell Can't Wait for Us to See the Make-Up: "You'll be blown away by the makeup because it's just… I don't know how, and I don't know enough about the materials and about the different choices of skin tone that Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine are using. But the makeup is even somehow, in a very subtle way, even better. It's just more perfected."

Farrell Shares Production/Filming Update: "So I'm in New York now. I'll head back to Los Angeles tomorrow. We've spent the last two days, three days in New York doing makeup tests and camera tests with wardrobe and stuff and meeting some of the other actors… and we start shooting on the 27th or 28th of this month."

Farrell: "Penguin" Is Dark, But…: "The 'Penguin' show is dark, but I've just got such license to explore in it, and there's such a… I've spoken… referred to it before… such a freedom beneath the makeup. There's some permission you're given to explore in a way that's hard to give yourself when it's just your visage."

Farrell on "F***ing Great" Series Scripts: "I've read the first five of eight, and they're, without shadow a doubt, extraordinary scripts. They're so good, man… it's f***ing great stuff"

"The only thing I had an idea was that I wasn't nearly getting to explore the character as much as I wanted to. Because there was all this extraordinary work done by [makeup artists] Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine and his team, and I just thought it was the tip of the iceberg, pardon the pun, that we were getting to do the six or seven scenes that we did in the film. I was grateful for them, but I wanted more," Farrell shared during an interview with Variety ahead of last month's Golden Globe Awards ceremony. In fact, Mike Marino & Mike Fontaine's makeup work inspired Farrell to discuss Oswald's future with producer Dylan Clark. "Honest to god, any thought I had about an extended series was to do with Mike Marino's work. I just knew there was so much to do with it — age it up, age it down. He's just such a genius, Mike, so it was his work that was the inspiration, really," Farrell added. Now, here's a look at a video of the interview, followed by a clip of Farrell sharing what happened when he took a trip to a Starbucks in character after the first makeup test:

Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, The Penguin is produced by Reeves' 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Reeves, Farrell, LeFranc, Clark, and 6th & Idaho's Daniel Pipski & Adam Kassan serve as executive producers, and Rafi Crohn is a co-executive producer. Emmy Award-winning director Craig Zobel (Mare of Easttown) is set to direct two episodes and executive produce.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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