Jada Pinkett Smith is returning to TV to co-star in the FOX TV 1-hour drama project Gotham, which has a series commitment at the network.

Gotham is based on characters published by DC Comics, which explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous.

Pinkett Smith will play a character named Fish Mooney who is described a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner, with street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Further, she’s said to be imposing and hotheaded, and not one to be crossed!

I guess she’s a bad-ass! Fish Mooney will be a regular series role.

Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producer. 

Danny Cannon (the CSI series, Nikita) will direct and executive produce the pilot.

Pinkett Smith joins other series regulars: Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin).