Deadline reports that When They See Us and Tales of the City actress Ivory Aquino has joined the cast of Batgirl, the upcoming superhero film that Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing for HBO Max. As previously announced, Leslie Grace, J.K. Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Michael Keaton, and Jacob Scipio will star alongside Aquino.
Specifics for Batgirl are being kept under wraps for now, though it’s known that it will be based on the DC comics created by writer Gail Simone and artist Ardian Syaf. The film centers on
Barbara (Grace), daughter of Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon (Simmons). Aquino will play Barbara’s best friend, Alysia Yeoh, who will be the first major transgender character ever to appear in a live-action film adaptation of DC Comics.
Fraser will portray the villain Firefly and Keaton reprises his role as Batman from Tim Burton’s 1989 film of the same name and his 1992 follow-up Batman Returns. Details of Scipio’s role have not been disclosed.
Aquino is best known for features in the Netflix series When They See Us and Tales of the City, and in ABC’s When We Rise. She was also in series including Blue Bloods, FBI: Most Wanted, New Amsterdam, and High Maintenance, as well as Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca and other films.