In the final issue of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen comic, we learn that Robert Redford (The Sting, Jeremiah Johnson) is now President of the United States after defeating Richard Nixon in the 1988 election. Then Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, and Brad Anderson's Watchmen sequel comic, Doomsday Clock picked up seven years after Moore and Gibbons' storyline and included President Robert Redford.
And today we hear that HBO and Lost writer Damon Lindelof's upcoming Watchmen series will feature President Robert Redford. And the character will be played by, you guessed it, Robert Redford.
This wild update came out of Watchmen's TCA panel yesterday. And there's another interesting aspect of Robert Redford playing the President of the United States in HBO's Watchmen series. In the context of the comic, President Richard Nixon had term limits abolished. So this means that not only will HBO's Watchmen feature Redford playing himself as the President of the United States, but he has been in office since the 1990s.
Series creator Damon Lindelof says this means the show will explore the following.
"What happens if a well-intentioned white man is president for far too long."
Sounds like one hell of a topical take to me! And I guess this role in HBO's Watchmen means Robert Redford is going to have to continue putting off his planned retirement. For those of you that never knew or may have just forgotten, the All the President's Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid star said in August 2018 that he was calling it quits from the acting game following his role as Forrest Tucker in David Lowery's The Old Man & the Gun with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. And for those of you who aren't up on your classic Hollywood actors, you probably know Robert Redford best for his role as the villainous Alexander Pierce in Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Sebastian Stan.
Along with Robert Redford as President Robert Redford, HBO's Watchmen series is set to feature Regina King as Angela Abraham along with Don Johnson as Chief Judd Crawford, and Tim Blake Nelson as Looking Glass. Louis Gossett Jr. joins them as Jonathan Osterman, along with Adelaide Clemens as Pirate Jenny, Andrew Howard as Red Scare, Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abraham, Jean Smart as Agent Laurie Blake, and Tom Mison as Marcos Maez / Mime. Sara Vickers rounds out the killer cast as Erika Manson / Marionette, along with Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford, Jacob Ming-Trent as Panda, Adelynn Spoon as Emma Abraham, James Wolk as Senator Keane, Hong Chau as Lady T, and Dustin Ingram as Agent Petey.
Damon Lindelof created this new Watchmen series based on the classic comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. On top of creating this HBO Watchmen series, Damon Lindelof also serves as the show's executive producer along with Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, and Joseph Iberti. White Rabbit, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment are the powers that be behind the scenes of this new series which will be unleashed onto HBO in October 2019. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will be composing the sure-to-be killer score for the show. This story comes to us from Fox News.