Following the news that actor Jeremy Irons has joined HBO’s Watchmen pilot, new details have emerged surrounding the Golden Globe-winner’s role. The show sees Jeremy Irons return to the small screen after playing Rodrigo Borgia in Showtime’s The Borgias from 2011 to 2013.
That Hashtag Show is reporting that Irons is set to play a character known as the Blond Man. He’s said to be “highly intelligent” and “used to being obeyed and always correct.” A description that falls in line with the little information provided by Deadline following his casting, where he was simply said to be playing “aging and imperious lord of a British manor.”
Along with a description of Irons’ character, THS reports that the series was said to be looking for a pair of actors to join the series in the roles of Mrs. Crookshanks and Bernard, the head servant and butler of the British manor looked over by Irons’ Blond Man.
Watchmen is based on the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Showrunner Damon Lindelof has clarified that the upcoming HBO series will not be a straight adaptation of the comic book series or a direct sequel but exist within the same world as the story. If picked up by the premium cable network, the series is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
HBO previously considered bringing this alternate history to the small screen in 2014, although the project failed to materialize. A big-screen adaptation was, however, released in 2009, directed by Zack Snyder, and starring Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Carla Gugino.
Irons is joined by the likes of Don Johnson, Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard for this series.
Source: The Hashtag show