Jeremy Irons to Star in HBO's 'Watchmen'

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According to Deadline, Oscar victor Jeremy Irons has been tapped for a lead role in the pilot episode of Lindelof's reinvention (or is it a sequel?) to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal comic book series. He joins previously cast Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard. As Lindelof recently noted, the project is not an adaptation of the 12 issues of the comic but an original story that remixes them. No further details were disclosed at the time of writing - rumor has it he'll play an "aging and imperious lord of a British manor" - but an actor of Irons' caliber will certainly bring yet more potential to this landmark superhero series, one which now has Damon Lindelof (Lost) in the driving seat. The series takes place within the same Watchmen universe but serves more as a remix of the graphic novel. Watchmen is still just in the pilot stage for now and there's no guarantee it'll be ordered to series-HBO has scuttled high-profile pilots before (see: Noah Baumbach's The Corrections).

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 69-year-old British actor will lead Watchmen in an unspecified role. Could the two line up in some way? This remains the same today, though the latest Watchmen news has identified who will be leading Lindelof's latest television adventure: Jeremy Irons. Let us know what you thought about this news in the COMMENTS section below.

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