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Jeremy Irons Joins HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Reboot

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HBO’s highly-anticipated Watchmen adaptation already has fans of the DC series buzzing, even though very little is known about the series so far. With a slew of names already announced for the show, one more has entered the ring.

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Producer Damon Lindelof recently announced via Instagram that seasoned English actor Jeremy Irons will head up the Watchmen series. In his post, he described his first time seeing Irons’ 1988 film Dead Ringers, which features the actor playing identical twins.

“I was in awe of the raw brilliance of the lead actor… and his brother was just as good as he was! I vowed then and there to one day work with at least one of them. That day is today. Mr. Irons… I am honored. Thanks for taking the watch, man,” Lindelof said. This will be Irons’ second comic book role in his career. He’s portrayed the role of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

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Irons joins a cast that features Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Regina King, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. In a five-page letter, Lindelof promised fans that this reboot won’t reuse storylines from the comics.

“The tone will be fresh and nasty and electric and absurd… Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them,” he said.

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In 2017, Lindelof landed the showrunner role after Zack Snyder’s departure. Reading Watchmen as a kid had a major impact on Lindelof’s work as the co-creator of Lost. “From the flashbacks to the non-linear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write,” he said in a 2009 interview with Comic Book Resources.

This isn’t Lindelof’s first project with a comic book company. He previously wrote the Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk mini-series for Marvel Comics and wrote a Time Warp issue for Vertigo Comics. He also worked on the 2011 film Cowboys & Aliens, which is based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel.

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