|Carla Gugino has joined the cast of Watchmen, the Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comics limited series.|
She joins the cast of the recently announced Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman in the Warner Bros. movie, which is set in an alternate America that has passed a law banning costumed crime fighters. When one is murdered, the remaining members set out to solve the mystery.
Gugino will play Sally Jupiter, a burlesque dancer-turned-costumed heroine and sex symbol the Silk Spectre who is part of the Minutemen, a group of heroes who preceded the Watchmen. She also is the mother of the new Silk Spectre (Akerman). In the gray world of Alan Moore's comic, Jupiter is one of the most morally ambiguous characters, a possible lesbian whose "mask" is her own sexuality. At one point, she is sexually assaulted by fellow hero the Comedian. This leads to a second, consensual encounter during which Jupiter's daughter â€” Laurie Juspeczyk, a.k.a. the second Silk Spectre (to be played by Malin Akerman) â€” is conceived. Despite his sadism and abusive tendencies, it is implied throughout the comic that Sally harbors feelings for the Comedian into old age.
Gugino is expected to portray Jupiter in varying eras, playing different ages throughout the movie. Shooting is set to start this fall in Vancouver.