According to a report from Deadline, Jeremy Irons has signed on to play a lead role in the upcoming Watchmen series from HBO. He will be joining a cast that includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard. For a show that is being met with plenty of skeptics, Irons adds an extra dose of credibility to it (not that his appearance has always guaranteed quality — Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?).
Cynicism aside, I have to admit that HBO is getting my attention with the Watchmen series. As someone who really enjoyed the graphic novel, and who appreciated Zack Snyder’s adaptation, I didn’t really feel like we had a need for this new show. And, on the flip side, I imagine those who hated Snyder’s take on the graphic novel were equally as skeptical, as they tend to more loyal to the source material than most.
In short, it seemed like Damon Lindelof and HBO may have been barking up the wrong tree with this one, but between this casting and the fact that the show looks to be taking place decades after the “squid attack,” I’ve become intrigued as to what this means for the world they live in and the story they want to tell.
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