New details are learned about the HBO Watchmen series including the role Jeremy Irons plays in the series.
Slash Film has it that Jeremy Irons is playing none other than an older version of Ozymandias, who was a key character in the movie and comic book series.
Ozymandias was responsible for faking the alien invasion and killing thousands of people.
Interestingly enough, set pics from the HBO series revealed a newspaper headline noting Ozymandias had died.
It's also learned that Legion and Fargo star Jean Smart has joined the cast as a FBI Agent Blake investigating a murder and who also tracks down vigilantes.
Not much is known about her character, but she happens to share the same last name as The Comedian.
Details for the HBO Watchmen series include that it will be set decades after the story set in the same universe as Damon Lindelof previously revealed:
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.
Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) creates a modern-day reimagining of Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes.
Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen is set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws. And while Lindelof (The Leftovers) plans to embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel, the series will also attempt to break new ground of its own.
Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) is the latest actor to join the cast. You can also expect to see Regina King (The Leftovers); Golden Globe-winner Don Johnson (Miami Vice); Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow); Frances Fisher (Titanic); Jacob Ming-Trent (Superfly); Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln, HBO’s Warm Springs); Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman); Andrew Howard (The Brave, Boardwalk Empire); Yahya Abdul-Matteen II (First Match), and Sara Vickers (Endeavor).
Also joining the cast are young actors Dylan Schombing (Sharp Objects, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce), Lily Rose Smith (The Vampire Diaries), and Adelynn Spoon.
Nine Inch Nails musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who first worked together as film composers on The Social Network) will be creating the original music for the series.
Lindelof, who will be a writer on the show, will also serve as an executive producer, alongside Nicole Kassell and Tom Spezialy. Kassell (Westworld, The Leftovers) is slated to direct the pilot episode. Additional executive producers are director Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti. The series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.