HBO’s Watchmen Has Some Casting News

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Damon Lindelof‘s Watchmen sequel series is coming along over at HBO. Jeremy Irons was brought on board and he isn’t just going to be some nameless side character. He has direct ties to the original Watchmen story. Irons will be portraying the older version of Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias. Fans will remember he was the primary villain of the original Watchmen series.

Also joining the cast is Legion and Fargo star Jean Smart as a mysterious FBI agent. The series will be set decades after the original story. This is what Lindelof had to say about the upcoming series:

“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table…which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable–are playing for different stakes entirely.”

That time jump means a number of new characters, but it also means possibly catching up with some of the surviving members of the original cast. After all, the original Watchmen (both the comic and Zack Snyder’s film adaptation) concluded with virtually every surviving character compromised, forced to keep a devastating secret or risk the end of the world. Could a new group or person put that secret at risk in the new series?

Watchmen also stars Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and is expected to debut on HBO in 2019.

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