The Cast of HBO's Watchmen Has Been Revealed and the Fantastic Regina King Will Lead Them

Regina King, seen here on The Leftovers, will play the main character in Watchmen.
Regina King, seen here on The Leftovers, will play the main character in Watchmen.
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While we don’t know for sure which characters any of them are playing, the first cast members of HBO’s upcoming Watchmen pilot have been revealed. And they’re pretty fantastic.


Variety reports Regina King will play the lead character in the series, and she’ll be joined by Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. Deadline adds that “King is believed to be playing Angela Abraham, while Gossett Jr. likely is Old Man. Howard is said to be playing Red Scare, Clemens could be Pirate Jenny,” but none of that is confirmed.

“But wait,” you’re wondering. Since it’s Watchmen, who is Rorschach, the Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, etc? Well, just yesterday, showrunner Damon Lindelof explained that the HBO series is not a direct adaptation of the iconic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons series. It’s both a sequel, and not a sequel. A modern retelling, but with familiar characters and situations. So, while the surviving characters from that series could appear in this new series, it’s not that simple.

“Those original 12 issues are our Old Testament,” Lindelof said. “It all happened... The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.”

“Some of the characters will be unknown,” Lindelof added. “New faces. New masks to cover them.”

No matter who each of these actors will be playing, though, it’s a very eclectic, interesting cast—and a great start for the sure to be controversial and scrutinized show.



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I usually dismiss Alan Moore’s complaints about other people playing with his creations. Mostly because his creations so often are based on other people’s work. However, this new Watchmen project sounds like it should just have been an original world not connected to anything else.