The TV series, based on the graphic novel, is set in an alternate reality
Hollywood legend Robert Redford is reportedly playing a version of himself that became the US president in the upcoming Watchmen TV show. A small-screen follow-up to the acclaimed 1986 graphic novel (which was adapted to film by director Zack Snyder in 2009), more details on the series were revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con recently – but this particular gem was not among them.
The original graphic novel was set in an alternate universe, with Richard Nixon still the US president in the mid-1980s after abolishing the time limits that apply in our own reality. When the story ends, there are hints that Robert Redford might be entering politics, with the TV show confirming that he became president in 1992, and is still in office in 2019.
So far, the casting has only been reported by Fox News, but it could well be true – despite having announced his retirement from acting, Redford did show up in Avengers: Endgame recently, reprising his character from Captain America: Winter Soldier, and some eagle-eyed fans spotted a photo of him next to real-life presidents in a brief clip from Watchmen.
Set to debut on HBO in the US in October, the first season of Watchmen will be eight episodes. Confirmed cast members include Jeremy Irons, Louis Gossett Jr, Tim Blake Nelson and Don Johnson. Returning characters from the original graphic novel include Ozymandias (played by Irons) and Doctor Manhattan. The creator of the series is Damon Lindelof, who co-created Lost.