Jada Pinkett Smith joins 'GOTHAM' as Fish Mooney - see cast list
Jada Pinkett Smith is headed to "GOTHAM."
The actress has signed on as a series regular for the FOX television series, based off of the popular "Batman" prequel comic book series. The show is scheduled to premiere sometime during the 2014-2015 lineup on the network.
Pinkett's character Fish Mooney is original to the show and is not featured in the comic books. According to a statement from co-producing studio Warner Bros. Television, the character is said to be a "sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner." Combining street smarts and "the almost extra-sensory ability to read people, Fish is imposing and hotheaded -- and not one to be crossed."
The actress last appeared in a television series as the lead in the TNT cable network drama "Hawthorne," where she played the president of a hospital. The show aired for three seasons. Pinkett's film credits include "The Nutty Professor," "The Matrix Reloaded" and as the voice of Gloria in the "Madagascar" animated films.
Here's a list of the cast members who have been announced so far for FOX's "GOTHAM":
1. Ben McKenzie -- Known for his roles on "The O.C." and "Southland," McKenzie will portray James Gordon on "Gotham," who one day becomes Batman's most trusted ally. The show will see Gordon begin as rookie detective for the Gotham City Police Department.
2. Sean Pertwee -- The British actor, who has appeared in a 2013 episode of CBS's "Elementary," will portray Alfred Pennyworth, servant of the Wayne family. Alfred ultimately serves as the voice of reason for Bruce Wayne after his parent's tragic death.
3. Zabryna Guevara -- The actress, who appeared as Ayn in the USA cable network drama "Burn Notice," will play Captain Essen, James Gordon's boss.
4. Robin Lord Taylor -- The actor, who recently appeared as Sam on AMC hit series "The Walking Dead," will play Oswald Cobblepot, who works closely with Pinkett's villainous character Fish Mooney. His character, in the comic books, eventually becomes the Penguin.
5. Donal Logue -- The former "Grounded For Life" and "Sons of Anarchy" actor will play Detective Harvey Bullock, James Gordon's partner and mentor at the Gotham City Police Department.
6. Erin Richards -- The Welsh actress, best known for her role on the BBC Three series "Being Human" in the UK, will portray emergency doctor Barbara Kean, James Gordon's fiance.