Paloma Faith

Casting: Pennyworth ‘bets’ on a new villain; The Passage bites on two new roles; Supergirl gets a new Olsen, more

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Oct 19, 2018, 5:13 PM EDT (Updated)

Even Alfred Pennyworth needs a nemesis — and now, thanks to a new addition in the growing menagerie of lowlifes at the fringes of the Batman universe, it looks like the unflappable Wayne family butler will finally be getting one. 

Pennyworth, the new origin story of Alfred in the years before Batman, has just cast British singer and actor Paloma Faith (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Voice UK) in the recurring role of a new villain named Bet Sykes. 

Bet will serve as the main baddie for Pennyworth’s initial 10-episode run on Epix. Not much is known about her, but Warner Horizon describes the character as “a spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain.” 

Production on the show, which tells Alfred’s backstory as a mid-20s security privateer fresh out of the British SAS, begins next week in the UK. Pennyworth also stars Jack Bannon in the title role, alongside Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne, as well as Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Dave Boy and Bazza — two of Alfred’s SAS buddies.

Pennyworth is helmed by Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, the same duo who teamed up on Fox’s Gotham. Epix hasn’t revealed a premiere date, so stay tuned.

A whole boatload of new casting information has just emerged for Fox’s upcoming vampire-dystopian drama The Passage

TV Line reports that the show, which already revealed its pilot episode to fans at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, has picked up a slew of new names for its midseason run, including Jennifer Ferrin (As the World Turns), James Le Gros (Justified), Kecia Lewis (Law & Order: SVU), and Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs.

Ferrin reportedly will play Elizabeth, a professor whose declining health spurs her husband Jonas Lear (played by Henry Ian Cusick) to create Project Noah, the secret medical experiment to develop a virus that can cure all diseases — if it doesn’t wipe out humanity first.

Le Gros will play Horace Guilder, according the the report, as a “morally flexible, manipulative” narcissist who helps lead the Department of Special Weapons. Lewis, meanwhile, is set to play Sister Lacey Antoine, a former nun who left the faith behind to live a hermetic, self-reliant life.

Finally, Fuchs reportedly will play a mysterious Project Noah employee named Grey, a character whose nightmarish dreams and visions may suggest a deeper telepathic connection with people afflicted with the virus.

The Passage premieres on Fox in January.

The CW reportedly will introduce us to James Olsen’s sister in Season 4 of Supergirl, landing network alum Azie Tesfai to play the role of Kelly, a big-hearted psychiatrist with a military background.

Tesafi (Jane the Virgin) will join the cast as a regular character in Season 4, according to Deadline. With the addition of an Olsen sibling, Supergirl now has two new big characters (Lex Luthor, of course, is the other), each of whom is ripe for deep and lengthy story arcs as the new season unfolds. 

Supergirl’s fourth season is already underway, having launched its season premiere on Oct. 14. You can catch new episodes at 8 ET each Sunday on the CW.

Finally, get ready for Ferris Bueller to come full circle. Netflix has just announced that Matthew Broderick will play a high school principal in Daybreak, its upcoming adaptation of the eponymous post-apocalyptic graphic novel from Brian Ralph.

Netflix describes Broderick’s Principal Burr as a “cheerful, upbeat” guy who’s plugged into the post-millennial zeitgeist: he “knows the name of every kid in school and their favorite character to play in Overwatch,” and is “genuinely trying to be part of the solution: a good guy, an advocate and ally for all. But let’s face it, kids can be monsters.”

Daybreak follows the story of Josh, a 17-year-old Glendale, California student on the hunt for Sam, his missing girlfriend, in a post-apocalyptic world menaced by gangs of evil school cliques and zombie-like monsters called Ghoulies. Netflix has ordered up 10 episode for the first season, but hasn’t yet revealed a premiere date.