Hong Chau joins HBO’s Watchmen in key role
According to Deadline, Golden Globe nominated-actress Hong Chau (Downsizing) has signed on to join the ensemble cast of HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series. Created by Damon Lindelof from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s limited comic book series of the same name, Chau is set to portray a key role with the outlet saying her character name is “Lady T.” but further details about her character are still being kept under wraps.
Chau is best known for her role in the 2017 film Downsizing opposite Matt Damon. Her role as a Vietnamese amputee Ngoc Lan Tran has earned her multiple award recognition including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. She has also appeared in HBO’s Big Little Lies and in Julia Roberts’ Homecoming. Chau will next be seen in Disney’s upcoming fantasy film adaptation Artemis Fowl.
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. Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. The original story centers on a murder-mystery before unfolding into a planet-altering conspiracy that ultimately asks where the fine line is drawn between heroes and villains.
In a letter to fans, Lindelof revealed that the series will be an original story with new faces and unknown characters introduced into the universe that he intends to remix.
The pilot is already made up of an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Irons (Justice League) as an older Ozymandias, Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Louis Gossett Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake Nelson (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sara Vickers (The Crown), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Jean Smart (Fargo) as a mysterious FBI agent, and James Wolk (Zoo, Tell Me a Story).
Lindelof serves as creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the Watchmen series, with Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti also executive producing. Nicole Kassell will executive produce and direct the pilot. The series comes from Lindelof’s White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based on the DC Comics characters.
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