HBO’s retelling/reimagining of Alan Moore’s Watchmen cast is starting to come together.
Per Coming Soon:
Following creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof’s letter to fans containing details on HBO’s series adaptation of the Watchmen comics, Variety reports that the cast for the pilot has come together! Emmy winner Regina King (American Crime, The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Book Club, Django Unchained), Tim Blake Nelson (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Lincoln), Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, The Reason), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify, Parade’s End), and Andrew Howard (The Oath, The Brave) have all been cast in the series.
King is said to be starring in the lead role, though the exact details of the characters are being kept under wraps. As Lindelof explained in his letter, there will be “new faces” and unknown characters introduced in the Watchmen television series.
Watchmen is an American comic book limited series by the British creative team of writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. It was published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, and collected in a single volume edition in 1987. Watchmen originated from a story proposal Moore submitted to DC featuring superhero characters that the company had acquired from Charlton Comics. As Moore’s proposed story would have left many of the characters unusable for future stories, managing editor Dick Giordano convinced Moore to create original characters instead.
Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct and parody the superhero concept. Watchmen depicts an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s and their presence changed history so that the United States won the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in was never exposed. In 1985, the country is edging toward World War III with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most former superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and moral struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government-sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement.
Are you excited for another live action quasi-adaptation of Watchmen?