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FOX's 'Gotham' Casts Its Future Riddler

April 2, 2014 (4:53 am) GMT
The Batman prequel series has tapped Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, who will eventually become the Riddler.
Cory Michael Smith

"" has found its Riddler. The Batman prequel series has cast Cory Michael Smith in the role of Edward Nygma a.k.a. the future Riddler. He will guest star in the pilot with an option to expand into a recurring or regular role.

On the FOX upcoming series, Nygma is described as a brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who's working for Gotham PD with a penchant for speaking in rather cryptic language. Inquisitive, eccentric and outgoing, he is desperate to be liked.

Smith has a role in "" which also stars . He appeared in the Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 2013 and stars on upcoming HBO miniseries "". He will also next be seen in "" alongside .

"Gotham" will explore the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. lands the lead role as Detective James Gordon, and Donal Logue plays Detective Harvey Bullock, the mentor of Det. Gordon.

Other stars cast for the show include as young Bruce Wayne, as Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, as Selina Kyle/future Catwoman, and as an original character named Fish Mooney.

The pilot is directed by Danny Cannon ("", ""), who also wrote the script along with "" creator Bruno Heller. FOX has not set a premiere date for the show, which has received a straight-to-series order.

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