The casting for Zack Snyder’s big screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel Watchmen has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. But honestly most of the names on the list have been rumored to be attached to the project for months. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the only name not in our report from last week.Â Morgan will play the Comedian, “a cigar-chomping, gun-toting vigilante-turned-paramilitary agent.” Rumored to play the role were Thomas Jane and Ron Pearlman.
Also confirmed: Jackie Earle Haley will play Walter Kovacs aka Rorschach, Billy Crudup will play Dr. Manhattan, Malin Akerman will play Laurie Juspeczyk/the Silk Spectre, Mathew Goode will play Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, and Patrick Wilson will play the Nite-Owl.
I’m still skeptical as to whether or not Watchman can be turned into a relevant and entertaining film, since most of the ideas and concepts have since been stolen and used in other comic books and films. But if there is anyone who can make this film seem revolutionary it could be Snyder. He has a good list of names to back him up in front of the camera. Shooting is set to begin in Vancouver this Fall.
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Later this week at the San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder is expected to reveal the cast for his upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic Alan Moore graphic novel Watchmen. But as we near our Wednesday afternoon flight to San Diego, actors names have started to leak onto the interwebs.
- IESB reports that Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias will be played by Matthew Goode (The Lookout, Match Point). Previous internet speculation had Jude Law attached to the role.
- Patrick Wilson (Little Children) as The Night Owl.
- LatinoReview reports that Malin Akerman (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Invasion, The Heartbreak Kid) has been cast as Sally Jupiter aka The Silk Spectre.
- Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) is supposedly attached to play Dr. Manhattan.
- Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) has been confirmed by LatinoReview as Walter Kovacs aka Rorschach
Watchmen is considered the Citizen Kane of comic books. Many of the sucessful (and some unsucessful) comic book series have borred elements and ideas from the book. Because of that, I’m worried that much of the material might now seem cliche. It will be interesting to see if they can sucessfully adapt it to the big screen. Last month we published a rumored cast list which you can read at this link. I’m sure we’ll find out many more names at the Warner Bros panel on Friday morning.
The Weinstein Co has released the theatrical movie poster for Dedication, the new romantic comedy starring Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup. I heard some descent buzz for the film at Sundance, where Weinstein and First Look purchased the film for $4 million. The movie follows a misogynistic children’s book author (Crudup) who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator (Moore) instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend (Tom Wilkinson). The poster has shades of Squid and the Whale and Year of the Dog, but since the story involves a children’s book illustrator, it makes more sense.
I’m a sucker for Mandy Moore films. Call it a crush. But even Moore can’t save a horrible mess of a film, which is evident in Because I Say So and License To Wed. So the question now becomes: Did Moore star in two or three bombs in 2007? We’ll find out. Considering the film is actor Justin Theroux’s directorial debut, I’m not expecting much.
Dedication is scheduled to hit theaters on August 24th 2007. Check out the full poster courtesy of cinematical, after the jump.
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