HBO has confirmed the television adaptation of Watchmen will arrive on the premium service in October 2019. Season one of the drama will kick off with an episode directed by Nicole Kassell and written by series creator Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers). Emmy Award winner Lindelof and Kassell also executive produce.
The Watchmen series is adapted from what’s considered to be one of the greatest graphic novels ever penned. The award-winning, groundbreaking graphic novel was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. The series is produced by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television. Tom Spezialy, director Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti serve as executive producers.
Season one will feature Oscar winner Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Angela Abar, who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) plays the aging and imperious Lord of a British Manor. Golden Globe winner Don Johnson (Miami Vice) is Tulsa Chief of Police Judd Crawford and Emmy Award winner Jean Smart (Samantha Who?) stars as FBI Agent Laurie Blake.
Tim Blake Nelson stars in season one as Detective Looking Glass. Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) is Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Cal Abar, and Tom Mison is Mr. Phillips. Frances Fisher plays Jane Crawford, Sara Vickers is Ms. Crookshanks, and Hong Chau is mysterious trillionaire Lady Trieu. Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk also appear in season one.
“Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen, from executive producer Damon Lindelof, embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.”