Some very intriguing new details regarding the upcoming Watchmen TV series have emerged online. So far, HBO has been keeping a pretty tight lid on their approach in adapting the seminal DC comics series from Alan Moore for the small screen. But now we have some new info on some of the characters set to appear in the series and it indicates that there will be strong ties to the original source material, while also serving as a dramatic departure, leaping forward in time by quite a few years.
Warning: minor spoilers ahead for the Watchmen TV series. Again, since HBO has been keeping a tight lid on things, if anyone wants to go in totally clean, now is the time to turn back. That said, it's being reported that Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons, who joined the cast a few months back, is actually playing an older version of Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias. Matthew Goode portrayed the hero in Zack Snyder's live-action movie adaptation and, unlike many of the do-gooders running around in costume in the Watchmen universe, Ozymandias is a legit superhero, who definitely operates in the grey area.
For those who may need a refresher, Adrian Veidt actually faked an alien invasion via squid monsters, which was changed to a nuclear attack in New York for the movie, in order to encourage nuclear disarmament around the world. And it worked. Kill a few to save the many. Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) is spearheading the adaptation for HBO and he's previously stated that this won't be a direct adaptation. It will be a "remix" with some new characters and old characters blended together. With Jeremy Irons playing an older version of Ozymandias, it's clear we're going to be moving forward in the timeline and seeing what happened to the powerful man in the years after the events of the comic.
It's a bold and fascination choice. It certainly seems like the casting is spot on. But can they pull it off? In other casting news, Jean Smart (Frasier) has joined the cast as an FBI agent by the name of Agent Blake. Fans of the comic know that, in Watchmen, Edward Blake, aka The Comedian, was a huge part of the story and, even though he dies at the beginning, his past continues to haunt the events of the present. Could Smart's character be in reference to the long-dead hero? It's tough to say, but the report states her character has been tasked with hunting down masked vigilantes, as superheroes have been outlawed in this universe.
The cast also includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Frances Fisher and Jacob Ming-Trent. HBO recently picked up Watchmen for a full season, with the series filming currently. There is no release date set, but it's expected that the series will debut in 2019. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news was first reported by Slashfilm.