The wait is over! In a surprise tweet earlier this afternoon, The Batman director Matt Reeves officially confirmed that Andy Serkis will be playing the role of Master Wayne’s loyal mentor, Alfred Pennyworth.
The tweet features a clip of Serkis running down a red carpet and high-fiving fans with the simple heading: “And here comes #Alfred!”
The director and actor duo have worked together previously on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. This time, however, Serkis will be taking a step away from his renowned motion-capture work and into an exciting on-camera role for The Batman.
Aside from Planet of the Apes, Serkis also played Gollum in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, and voiced Baloo in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
This announcement comes as the latest in a series of cast member reveals for the anticipated film. Currently, the top-billed list includes Robert Pattinson as Batman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, and Jayme Lawson as Bella.
The biggest role yet to be filled is Penguin, though rumors have connected Colin Farrell to the part. Deadline reports Warner Bros. is negotiating with the actor.
The Batman is scheduled to hit the big screen on June 25, 2021, and there are sure to be more cast disclosures in the meantime. (And maybe even another tweet or two.)
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