It was reported earlier today that Jeremy Irons has joined the cast of HBO’s Watchmen as an “aging and imperious lord of a British manor.” Since the announcement there’s been a tangible buzz that Irons could be portraying an older Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, and while his character isn’t being directly referred to as such, the character description does sound an awful lot like Ozymandias.
The 69-year old Irons will be playing a character known as the “Blond Man.” A breakdown for the character which previously appeared online described him as follows:”highly intelligent and won’t let you forget it. Think William Hurt with slight Asperger’s. He’s used to being obeyed and always correct. Arrogant, erudite and patrician. Physically fit, he’s never missed a workout in his life.” We are told that this is the role Irons has signed on to play. Additionally, we’re told to be on the lookout for another pair of actors to join the cast in the coming days in the roles of Mrs. Crookshanks and Bernard, the head servant and butler of the British manor lorded over by the Blond Man.
While there are a few key descriptors in that breakdown that sound an awful lot like Ozymandias, it’s worth remembering that the character had German-American heritage in the comics with no British roots. Of course just because you live in a British manor doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be British, but Irons has a pretty unique and memorable voice, which one would think would come into play when casting him. It seems as though the creative team behind the show may want us to hold our breath on this one just a little longer.
Iron joins Don Johnson, who is playing “Judd Crawford”, Louis Gossett Jr. as “Old Man”, Regina King as “Angela Abraham” and Tim Blake Nelson, Adelaide Clemons and Andrew Howard in unidentified roles.
Stay tuned to That Hashtag Show for more on HBO’s Watchmen as it develops. Tre Flowers Jersey