Jeremy Irons has landed the lead role in HBO’s eagerly-anticipated new comic book adaptation Watchmen.
HBO’s take on the cult ’80s comic book series, which was previously adapted into a 2009 feature film directed by Zack Snyder, is being overseen by The Leftovers and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.
Irons’ role hasn’t been confirmed by HBO, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll likely be playing “an aging and imperious lord of a British manor.”
He joins a cast that already includes Regina King, Don Johnson, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Irons previously starred in Showtime’s The Borgias between 2011 and 2013. He won an Emmy for his performance as the Earl of Leicester in the 2005 miniseries Elizabeth I, completing his ‘Triple Crown of Acting’ following earlier Tony and Oscar wins.
More recently, he was seen as Bruce Wayne‘s butler Alfred Pennyworth in superhero movie Justice League.
As well as exec producing, Lindelof has written Watchmen‘s pilot episode, which will be directed by fellow exec producer Nicole Kassell. Lindelof recently told Watchmen fans that he envisages the series as a “remixed” version of the ’80s comic books, which received widespread acclaim for their dark and sophisticated spin on superhero stories.
“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built,” Lindelof wrote on Instagram. “But in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. … Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them.”
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