Hong Chau (‘Downsizing’) has been tapped for a key role on ‘Watchmen,’ HBO’s upcoming drama series from Damon Lindelof based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic limited comic series.
Written by Lindelof, ‘Watchmen’ is considered a dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre. 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. To do this, the series is set in the same universe and canon as the original story from the comics.
The producers and HBO have not officially confirmed the role. Deadline reports Chau will play Lady T., who is Vietnamese.
Chau, who is from Vietnamese descent, recently played Vietnamese immigrant Ngoc Lam in Alexander Payne’s feature ‘Downsizing,’ earning a Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her role.
On ‘Watchmen,’ Chau joins a stacked cast that includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.
This marks Chau’s return to HBO where she recurred on ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Treme.’ She will next be seen in Semi Chella’s directorial debut American Woman, about the Patty Hearst kidnapping. Other projects include Andrew Anh’s ‘Driveways’ and Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ from Disney.
Lindelof executive produces with Nicole Kassell, who directed the pilot, Tom Spezialy, director Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti. ‘Watchmen’ is slated for a 2019 premiere, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are composers.