Watchmen casting.

According to both of today’s Hollywood trades, the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen has the first additions to its cast, and they are Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Malin Akerman. Zack Snyder 300 directs.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Set in an alternate America, ‘Watchmen’ follows costumed hero Rorschach, who is living a vigilante lifestyle because most masked heroes have retired or been outlawed. While investigating a murder, Rorschach learns that a former masked-hero colleague has been killed, prompting him to begin investigating a possible conspiracy.”

Haley – best known for this roles as a teen in Breaking Away and The Bad News Bears before mounting a comeback with his Oscar-nominated role in Little Children will play Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach, “who ignores the ban on costumed vigilantes.”

Crudup (Almost Famous, long-time voice of the Mastercard “Priceless” commercials) will play Dr. Manhattan, “a superpowered being with godlike powers and temperament.”

Akerman will play Laurie Juspeczyk/the Silk Spectre, “who is involved with Dr. Manhattan — but that relationship begins to fall apart as he becomes more disconnected from humanity.”

Goode will play Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, “a costumed adventurer who retired voluntarily, disclosed his identity and built a large fortune. He hatches a plot to avert a global catastrophe he believes will be caused by Dr. Manhattan.”

Wilson will play the Nite-Owl, “a crime-fighter who uses technical wizardry and has an owl-shaped flying vehicle.”

Morgan will play the Comedian, “a cigar-chomping, gun-toting vigilante-turned-paramilitary agent.”

Shooting is set to start this fall in Vancouver, with Snyder reportedly employing many of the filming techniques he used for his adaptation of 300.

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