Fox and Warner Bros TV have dropped a new 45-second teaser for Gotham, the gritty cop drama based on DC Comics’ Batman lore that premieres September 22. Ben McKenzie stars as James Gordon, war hero and newbie Gotham City homicide cop tasked with solving one of the city’s highest-profile crimes: The murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Here he crosses paths with some of Gotham’s once and future criminal masterminds, including Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, and Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle:
TriStar Options Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s Memoir, Which Launches Company For Actors Ben McKenzie, Logan Marshall-Green
EXCLUSIVE: Actors Ben McKenzie and Logan Marshall-Green have joined forces to launch the shingle A Thing Or Two Productions. They come to the table in a big way. Tom Rothman’s TriStar Pictures has made a deal on a baseball memoir which the duo will produce with Michael De Luca. TriStar has optioned Wherever I Wind Up, the memoir by pitcher R.A. Dickey about his unusual life journey. Buzz Bissinger has been set to write the script. It becomes another eclectic project for Rothman’s upstart division.
McKenzie first starred on Fox’s The O.C. and now is playing the lead role of Detective Jim Gordon in the Bat-prequel series Gotham, while Marshall-Green played his brother on O.C. and has co-starred in Brooklyn’s Finest, Prometheus and As I Lay Dying. He just shot the pilot Quarry. They have been friends since doing theater together at Williamstown in 2001 and talked about partnering in a production company. It all crystallized when both sparked to Dickey’s memoir. Neither is looking to play the pitcher in the feature.
Fox and WB TV have unveiled the first official peeks at the primary cast of Batman prequel series Gotham, starring Southland‘s Ben McKenzie as young detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Gordon’s partner and mentor Harvey Bullock, Sean Pertwee as the Wayne family’s ex-Marine butler Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, and newcomer Camren Bicondova as young street urchin (and future Catwoman) Selina Kyle. Not yet released are images for already-announced characters including local gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and David Mazouz as the young Bruce Wayne. Click images below to see all five new character shots matched up against their comic book origins:
Fox‘s Batman-themed drama Gotham has cast its lead, Detective James Gordon. Southland alum Ben McKenzie has been tapped for the role in the project, which has a series commitment. Based on DC characters from the Batman universe, Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (McKenzie) and the villains that made Gotham City famous. It includes younger versions of Bruce Wayne and Alfred as well villains the Riddler, Catwoman, the Joker and the Penguin. In Gotham, Gordon is an idealistic rookie detective for Gotham City Open Police Department’s Homicide Squad, a former college football star and a war hero. Gotham is written/exec produced by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, with Danny Cannon directing/exec producing for Warner Bros. TV.
The Gotham casting sets another highlight in McKenzie’s relationship with Warner Bros. TV where he has spent his entire TV career to date. It stems from a talent deal he signed with the studio in October. McKenzie was a fresh-faced 24-year-old with virtually no credits when WBTV cast him a decade ago as the lead of its Fox teen drama The O.C. He went on to topline the studio’s cop drama Southland and starred in WBTV’s CBS drama pilot The Advocates last …
EXCLUSIVE: Ben McKenzie has spent his entire TV career to date at Warner Bros, starring on The O.C. and Southland. Now the actor is formalizing his relationship with a studio, signing a talent deal that includes a development component. The pact gives WBTV exclusivity on McKenzie’s services as an actor for television projects, while he also can bring the studio projects that he would star in if they go forward. McKenzie was a fresh-faced 24-year-old with virtually no credits when WBTV cast him a decade ago as the lead of its Fox teen drama The O.C. He went on to topline the studio’s cop drama Southland, first on NBC and then on TNT, and starred in WBTV’s CBS drama pilot The Advocates this past season. McKenzie is with CAA, Management 360 and PJ Shapiro.
Christopher Plummer Joins ‘The Forger,’ Ben McKenzie To Lead ‘The Swimmer,’ ‘Love Is Strange’ Adds Darren Burrows
Code Entertainment‘s The Forger has added Oscar winner Christopher Plummer to its cast. Plummer joins John Travolta and Tye Sheridan (Mud) in the heist pic to be helmed by Philip Martin (BBC’s Wallander). Travolta plays a former art prodigy and second generation petty thief who buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so he must team up with his father (Plummer) for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release. Code Entertainment’s Al Corley, Eugene Musso, and Bart Rosenblatt and Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution Entertainment Group are producing along with Rob Carliner. Anson Downes and Linda Favila are co-exec producing. Filming begins in Boston in October. The Solution is selling international rights at Toronto; WME Global and ICM are repping domestic sales. Plummer is repped by ICM and The Pitt Group.
Southland‘s Ben McKenzie is set to star in The Swimmer, about an American extreme swimmer who sets out to conquer one of Norway’s wildest rivers and in doing so must confront his inner demons. BiFrost Pictures is financing and will produce the pic written by Bard Ivar Engelsas and directed by Richard L. Fox. The Swimmer is backed by the U.S.-Norway Film Development Project as well as the regional film funds of Norway and will also star Norwegian thesps Agnes Kittelsen and Kristoffer Joner. BiFrost’s Daniel Wagner is producing with Lisa G. Black of Garnet Girl, LLC and Brandi Savitt of Senza Pictures along with Sweet Films AS. Filming is set to begin in Norway in June 2014. McKenzie is repped by CAA and Management 360.