Last week, Andy Serkis was reported to be in talks for the role of Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman, and it didn't take long to close out a deal.
On his Twitter page, The Batman director Matt Reeves confirmed that The Lord of The Rings star will indeed portray Alfred, the Caped Crusader's respected and admired friend and butler.
With that, another major Batman casting announcement is out of the way. Over the past few weeks, Reeves and Warner Bros. have added a handful of big-named stars to the upcoming project.
Twilight star Robert Pattinson was first announced as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and it took several months until more casting decisions were revealed. In October, Zoe Kravitz was confirmed for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle, and Paul Dano was announced as Riddler/Edward Nygma soon after.
And two weeks ago, amid plenty of rumors, Angels in America star Jeffrey Wright was revealed as the casting choice for Commissioner Gordon. Wright his reprising his role as Felix Leiter for the upcoming James Bond film, No Time to die.
Pattinson, Kravitz, Dano, Wright and Serkis form a star-studded cast that predictably has the DC Universe buzzing. That said, more major names could soon be announced for the blockbuster film that's slated for a June 2021 release.
The late Michael Gough portrayed Alfred in the first four live theatrical Batman films, beginning with Batman (1989) and concluding with Batman & Robin (1997).
Michael Caine was cast for the role in the Christopher Nolan trilogy, while Jeremy Irons performed as Alfred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Most recently, Douglas Hodge was Alfred in Joker.