Patric, Jane, Haley, Wilson, Watchmen

A flurry of casting rumors have sprung up in the last few hours on the upcoming “Watchmen” comic adaptation that Zack Snyder (“300”) is directing.

A posting on actor Paddy Consindine’s official site (via Coming Soon) indicates the actor is no longer up for the role of Rorschach, and the offer has now gone out to Jackie Earle Haley (“Little Children,” “All the King’s Men”).

Coming Soon talked with Haley’s “Little Children” co-star Patrick Wilson about Snyder’s recent comments that he’s pretty much set for the role of Nite Owl. Wilson replied “I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about this stuff. It’s been confirmed on a lot of websites, I’ll just say that.”

Pushed further, he added “I would blab my mouth cause I certainly haven’t been told to keep quiet. It’s just out of respect for them trying to get everybody else on board before I go ahead and blab my mouth, but it’s pretty cool. It’s exciting stuff.”

Finally, Aint it Cool reports that with Keanu Reeves and Billy Crudup no longer set to play Dr. Manhattan, actor Jason Patric (“Speed II,” “Sleepers”) is now the current favourite for that role.

They also indicate that Thomas Jane has beat out the likes of Ron Pearlman and Nathan Fillion for the role of the ill-fated The Comedian.