Damon Lindelof is adding more star power to his HBO Watchmen pilot, as Oscar winner Jeremy Irons has joined in a leading role.
Set in an alternate history where superheroes are labelled as outlaws, Lindelof’s Watchmen is attempting to embrace the nostalgia of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel while trying to establish its own identity. Lindelof recently revealed in a letter to fans that the project is not a straight adaptation of the original 12 issues, but an original story that remixes the ground-breaking source material.
Irons joins previously cast actors Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard. As has been the case with all of the pilot’s casting announcements, no details on Irons’ character have been revealed.
This would mark only the second major TV series role for Irons, following his starring turn on The Borgias. However, this isn’t the actor’s only forray into graphic novel adaptation, as last year saw him debut as Alfred to Ben Affleck‘s Batman in Justice League.
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