Mare of Easttown director Craig Zobel is to direct Colin Farrell in the first two episodes of The Batman spin-off The Penguin.

Colin Farell has said he "couldn't be more excited about continuing this exploration of Oz as he rises through the darkened ranks to become The Penguin"

The Hollywood Reporter says the acclaimed filmmaker will also be an executive producer on the highly anticipated HBO Max miniseries.

News of Zobel's involvement was first reported by the website Discussing Film.

Craig Zobel

When the show received the green light in March, Farrell said he "couldn't be more excited" to reprise his acclaimed role as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin from the hit movie The Batman in a new spin-off series.

The Dubliner will also serve as one of the executive producers on the new series, which will pick up the story where The Batman leaves off on the big screen.

"The world that Matt Reeves (director) created for The Batman is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot," Farrell said in a statement at the time.

Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin in The Batman Photo: Warner Bros Pictures

"I couldn't be more excited about continuing this exploration of Oz as he rises through the darkened ranks to become The Penguin.

"[It] Will be good to get him back on the streets of Gotham for a little madness and a little mayhem."

Farrell will next be seen on cinema screens opposite Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan in Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin. It opens on Friday 21 October.

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