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Watchmen - Jean Smart to Co-Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Series



Jean Smart (Legion, Fargo) has joined the cast of Damon Lindelof's HBO Watchmen adaptation per Deadline.

Set in an alternate history where "superheroes" are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Based on the limited comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Damon Lindelof pens the dark, satirical and dystopian take that sees Jean Smart taking on the series regular role of an FBI Agent investigating a murder.

Smart's character isn't being revealed but as Deadline notes, there are reports that she'll be playing Agent Blake as SlashFilm exclusively revealed. Blake is a name familiar to the comics in regards to Edward Blake, aka The Comedian (whom Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrayed in the film adaptation from Zack Snyder). Smart could be playing a relative or it could be just a nod to the character as this interpretation will be a mix of old and new material per Damon Lindelof. Smart could also be an older Laurie Juspeczyk (Silk Spectre), The Comedian's daughter.

Additionally /Film revealed Jeremy Irons will be playing an older Adrian Veidt, the "aging and imperious lord of a British manor" (Ozymandias). Ozymandias was portrayed by Matthew Goode in the film adaptation.

Full details are available per SlashFilm.

Smart joins a cast including James Wolk, Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.

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