Casting Sunday: Akerman is Silk Spectre, Haley is Rorschach, Chow is Kato
by Alex Billington
July 22, 2007
This is almost pointless to mention, because in a matter of 5 days or so, director Zack Snyder himself will take the stage at Comic-Con and he should announce every last cast member for Watchmen. However, these details are starting to come out and they're still going to be called unconfirmed rumors as we hold out for just a few more days.
A slew of casting rumors have hit this weekend, two of which pertain to the aforementioned Watchmen, the other to the just announced Seth Rogen version of The Green Hornet. For Watchmen, scoopers have revealed that Malin Akerman is Silk Spectre / Laurie Jupiter and Jackie Earle Haley is Rorschach. For The Green Hornet, Seth Rogen has said his first choice is Stephen Chow for Kato.
The first two scoops for Watchmen come from Latino Review, which state that after endless rumors, Jackie Earle Haley is confirmed as the mysterious character Rorschach. As for Malin Akerman, it's a little bit more skeptical. The reason why is that she's somewhat of a small star with minor roles in not-very-good upcoming comedies like The Heartbreak Kid and The Brothers Solomon. However, their scooper seems to believe that she has been cast.
As for The Green Hornet, the news hit a few days ago saying that comedian Seth Rogen would both write and star in a new adaptation of the radio and television classic. However, this new bit of casting comes from an article at the LA Times where Rogen said he wants Kung Fu Hustle director and actor Stephen Chow to play the Green Hornet's masked and martial arts-enabled sidekick Kato. The character was originally played by Bruce Lee in the 1960's television series. Although Chow is not at all actually cast or confirmed, it is Rogen's hope and I'm sure he's going to try hard to cast Chow.
I'm certain we'll revisit the full casting of Watchmen on Friday morning at Comic-Con during the Warner Brothers panel with Zack Snyder, so stay tuned for that. As for The Green Hornet details, we'll keep you updated as that film develops.