HBO Max series “The Penguin” has added Michael Zegen, James Maddie, and Scott Cohen to the cast in recurring roles, diverse I learned exclusively.
The three join a cast that includes series lead Colin Farrell, who will reprise his role as Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot from “The Batman,” as well as Christine Milioti, Renzy Vélez, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell, and Clancy Brown.
HBO Max isn’t releasing character details for three new additions, but sources say Zegen is set to play Alberto Falcone.
Alberto is the son of Gotham City crime boss Carmine Falcone, played by John Turturro in “Batman,” and brother of Sofia Falcone, who will be played by Milioti in “The Penguin.” In the comics, Alberto is credited as the serial killer known as The Holiday Killer, who targets Gotham mobsters on holiday every month.
Zegen is best known for his role in the popular Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is currently gearing up for its fifth and final season. His other notable roles include playing Bugsy Siegel on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” as well as roles in shows like “Rescue Me,” “The Walking Dead,” “Girls,” and “Happy-ish.” His film roles include “Francis Ha,” “Brooklyn,” “Adventureland,” “Taking Woodstock,” and “The Situation.”
It is represented by UTA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, Underground Management, and Ginsberg Daniels Kallis LLP.
Madio recently appeared in the Paramount + series “The Offer”. He is perhaps best known for his role in the HBO series “Band of Brothers” in which he played Frank Perconti, as well as for his role on “USA High.” He is represented by HCKR Agency and Liebman Entertainment.
Cohen’s past credits include shows like “The Americans,” “Billions,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The Equalizer,” and “Necessary Roughness,” while his film credits include “Killing Jessica Stein” and “The Week Of.” He is represented by innovative artists, Circle of Confusion, and Jackaway Austin Tyreman.
Penguin will consist of eight episodes. The series is said to continue the story of the movie. It is believed to take place in the immediate aftermath of the events of “Batman”.
Lauren LeFrank is a writer, executive producer, and showrunner on “The Penguin.” “Batman” director Matt Reeves executive produces via 6th & Idaho, and Dylan Clark executive produces via Dylan Clark Productions. Farrell executive produces in addition to starring. Craig Zobel will produce and direct the first three episodes. Daniel Pepski of 6th & Idaho also serves as executive producer, as does Bill Carraro, with co-executive director Ravi Kron. Warner Bros. Television is the studio. 6th & Idaho is currently undergoing an overall deal at WBTV. The series is based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.
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