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Jada Pinkett Smith joins the cast of 'Gotham'

On Wednesday, February 19 TVLine posted the news that actress Jada Pinkett Smith has been cast in the upcoming FOX television pilot "Gotham," about a young James Gordon on the police force in Gotham City.

Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett SmithPhoto by Mike Windle

Smith will play the gangster boss Fish Mooney, a sadistic night club owner that will also be a series regular. The character is described as "hotheaded" and "not to be crossed" as well as having a knack for reading people like an open book.

Smith joins the cast which already includes police officer James Gordon (Ben MacKenzie), Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Gordon's fiancee Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and Alfred Pennyworth (SeanPertwee). Mooney will be the employer of Oswald Copplepot, the real name of the villain The Penguin, who will be played by actor Robin Lord Taylor.

Smith, the wife of actor Will Smith, has many television and film credits to her name, including the recent television medical drama "Hawthorne" and "A Different World." She has also appeared in the horror film "Scream 2," "The Matrix Reloaded," and voiced the character of Gloria in the "Madagascar" animated films.

The Batman prequel series "Gotham" is scheduled to produce a pilot and then will get picked up by FOX for the fall season. The series was created by executive producer Bruno Heller, who will also serve as a writer and whose other credits include "The Mentalist." Executive producer Danny Cannon has been tapped to direct the pilot.

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