An official announcement will come at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, but the cast for Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" film appears to be in place.
Confirming a slew of casting rumors that have been flooding the Internet for weeks, the industry trades are saying that the long-awaited adaptation of the DC Comics classic will star Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman.
The struggle to bring Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' 1986-1987 limited run comic to the screen as been well documented. The story is set in an alternative version of 1985 in which the United States is on the verge of nuclear war with the Soviet Union and somebody is killing former costumed heroes, crimefighters forced underground by the fearful powers that be.
Haley, a recent Oscar nominee for "Little Children," plays Rorschach, a psychologically damaged, unhinged vigilante.
Wilson, Haley's "Little Children" co-star, plays the second Nite Owl, a bird expert and inventor.
Beloved as Denny from "Grey's Anatomy," Morgan will play the Comedian, a cynical vigilante who became a mercenary in Vietnam.
Crudup ("Almost Famous"), a recent Tony winner, is Dr. Manhattan, the only truly super-powered member in the group, who becomes a nearly omnipotent blue being after a lab accident.
Ackerman ("Entourage") will be Laurie Juspeczyk, the second Silk Spectre. Stuck in an unfulfilling relationship with Dr. Manhattan, Laurie looks for love elsewhere.
Last, but not least, we have Goode ("The Lookout," "Match Point") as Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, a fabulously wealthy former adventurer.
"Watchmen" has an undeniably epic scale, which may have led to some budget tightening on above-the-line talent. Higher priced and profile actors including Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves and Jude Law were linking to various roles, but only as rumors.
Snyder will begin production on "Watchmen" in Vancouver this fall.
The film will be featured as part of the Warner Bros. Friday Comic-Con presentation, with the cast possibly in attendance.