While showrunner Damon Lindelof has made it quite clear his upcoming TV series adaptation of Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” for HBO will be quite different to the comic, at least one familiar face is showing up. Slashfilm reports that an earlier rumor looks to be true – that Jeremy Irons’ role in the series will be an older version of Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias.
A key character from the original “Watchmen” comic series, and played by Matthew Goode in the Zack Snyder-directed film, the inclusion of the character confirms this isn’t so much a reimagining as a spin-off/sequel set in the same universe decades later. This would allow the events of the comic and film to be canon and introduces some obvious potential story threads.
Irons’ role has previously been described as an “ageing and imperious lord of a British manor” as opposed to the wealthy industrialist, genius, and former superhero character Veidt who serves as the key player in the event which saw millions die in a global devastation to ensure world peace. Interestingly newspaper headlines seen in photos from the set suggests that Adrian Veidt recently died in the series narrative.
The original work was very specifically set in the 1980s whereas the new one is in contemporary times. Also “Legion” and “Fargo” star Jean Smart has joined the cast of the show as Agent Blake, a mysterious FBI agent tracking down vigilantes. This has led to speculation Smart is playing the older version of Silk Spectre.
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 co-star in the series which is expected to debut on HBO in 2019.