HBO has announced its first round of casting for the upcoming Watchmen pilot, with Regina King (American Crime), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four), and Andrew Howard (Limitless) among the additions. While no information about the roles each are playing has been released, Deadline has indicated that two-time Emmy winner King is believed to be playing Angela Abraham, while Gossett Jr. is likely Old Man, Howard as Red Scare, and Clemens as Pirate Jenny.
Based on the DC Comics series written by Alan Moore, with The Leftovers duo Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof adapting for television, Watchmen is said to be a dark, satirical take on the superhero genre. To be set in an alternate future that frames the heroes as “outlaws,” this latest adaptation of a source material that’s already borne a polarizing 2009 film will attempt to break new ground on its own while embracing the nostalgia of its material.
If Watchmen goes to series, it will only be HBO’s second attempt at the comic genre, with the other being well-received animated series Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. Based on the Image Comics character (who was voiced by Keith David), that series lasted three seasons and won an Emmy in 1999.
In addition to her role on the acclaimed ABC anthology, King has appeared on Seven Seconds, The Strain, and The Big Bang Theory; Johnson’s recent television credits include Blood & Oil and From Dusk ‘Till Dawn: The Series; Oscar winner Gossett recently completed arcs on Hap and Leonard and Extant; Clemens has appeared on a Parade’s End miniseries and episodes of Lie to Me and The Pacific; Nelson’s been seen on Discovery’s Klondike miniseries and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and Howard has had arcs on Hell on Wheels, Bates Motel, and Agent X.
You can check out Lindelof’s recent Instagram post on Watchmen below.