This seems strangely appropriate. An actor best known for portraying a staple of 80s pop culture has been cast in a film that takes place in a parallel universe during the 1980s. The MTV Movies Blog is reporting that Matt Frewer, who first entered the public eye as the allegedly computer generated television character Max Headroom, has joined the cast of Zack Snyder's hotly anticipated film Watchmen. Frewer and Snyder have worked together before on the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, and the actor will be joining the Watchmen cast as the costumed villain Moloch. The character is known for battling several of the masked crusaders in the Watchmen universe including Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias and Rorschach.

The character as drawn by Dave Gibbons in the graphic novel upon which the film is based has a gaunt appearance, particularly later in the story when he is suffering from cancer, so Frewer has definitely got the look, and I can see him fitting into the pointy vulcan-like ears the role calls for. Frewer joins the previously announced cast members Jackie Earle Haley as the demented vigilante Rorschach, Billy Crudup (who makes the jump from golden god in Almost Famous to powder blue god in Watchmen) as the omnipotent and blue-skinned Dr. Manhattan, Matthew Goode as the hyper intelligent Ozymandias, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the government backed ass kicker in a mask The Comedian, Malin Ackerman as the modern Silk Specter Spectre, Carla Gugino as the original Silk Specter Spectre, and Patrick Wilson as the noble Nite Owl. While some major plot points depend on him, Moloch is a relatively minor character in the graphic novel. Perhaps, however, once the story has been whittled down to feature length, he may end up with more screen time. Who knows. Frewer's scenes are currently being shot, and the film is set to open in U.S. theaters on March 6, 2009.