Jeremy Irons, who just took two turns as Alfred Pennyworth, is joining another DC Comics property as he signs on for Damon Lindelof‘s adaptation of Watchmen.
According to Deadline, the Oscar-winning actor is taking on a lead role in the HBO pilot based on the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons iconic comic series. He joins a cast that already includes Don Johnson, Regina King, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard.
This isn’t the first attempt and bring the classic comic to live action. There was the 2009 series directed by Zack Snyder and starring Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Carl Gugino, and Matthew Goode.
Reports say that the new series will not be a direct adaptation of the comics but “an original story that remixes them.” Lindelof wrote the script ad is producing it with Nicole Kassell, who is directing the pilot.
No word on who Irons will be playing, but the report mentions rumors of “an aging and imperious lord of a British Manor.” Irons appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League recently. This is a return to television after starring in the Borgias from 2011-2013. He also appeared in the film Red Sparrow.