Watchmen TV show: Jeremy Irons is Ozymandias

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Jeremy Irons will play Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, in the Watchmen TV series at HBO. And Jean Smart, who has recently been seen in Legion, has now joined the cast.

/Film broke the news, on both counts, with an exclusive report confirming Irons’ role (we’ve known for a while that he was in the show, but we didn’t know what part he was playing) and announcing the casting of Smart.

As Ozymandias, a genius and a hero with exceptional athleticism and amazing reflexes, Irons slips into the shoes of Matthew Goode (who played the role, at an earlier stage in the character’s life, in Zack Snyder’s 2009 Watchmen movie). Jean Smart, on the other hand, has a clean slate to work with as a “mysterious FBI agent” character.

Damon Lindelof of Lost and The Leftovers is the showrunner for HBO’s Watchmen series, and he’s previously offered this statement on how his series will relate to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comics:

“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table…which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable–are playing for different stakes entirely.”

We don’t have a release date yet for the Watchmen show, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.