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Don Johnson, Regina King and Tim Blake Nelson to star in HBO's Watchmen

Don Johnson

Story by Jack Foley

DON Johnson, Regina King and Tim Blake Nelson are to head the cast of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen adaptation for HBO.

They will be joined by Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) and Andrew Howard (Hatfields & McCoys) in the event series.

The casting news comes just days after Lindelof penned a lengthy open letter about his approach to adapting Watchmen, his take on Alan Moore’s beloved comic series.

Lindelof’s version will be set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws. Hence, Watchmen will embrace the nostalgia of the original graphic novel while attempting to break ground of its own.

He wrote: “Those original 12 issues [of Watchmen] are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along, it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen.

“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. To be clear. Watchmen is canon. … We are not making a ‘sequel’ either.

“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built. … But in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. … Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them.”

Lindelof penned the pilot script and executive produces alongside Tom Spezialy and Nicole Kassell (The Leftovers), the latter of whom will direct the pilot.

As yet, it has not been revealed which characters the cast members will play.