Just a day after Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof posted a lengthy letter to Instagram laying out his plans for his Watchmen adaptation comes the first casting announcement. As reported by Variety, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard will all be starring in the upcoming series, with King taking the lead role.
Who they’re playing is anyone’s guess, since Lindelof will be setting the story in the modern-day, promising “New faces,” and “new masks to cover them.”
While the show’s exact premise is still under wraps, this is a rather impressive lineup. King appeared in Lindelof’s most recent effort, The Leftovers, which wrapped up its third and final season last year, and Gossett Jr. was the first ever African-American to win the Best Supporting Oscar for his role in 1982’s An Officer And A Gentlement. Tim Blake Nelson also has some experience in the superhero genre, playing The Leader in Louis Letterer’s 2008 adaptation of The Incredible Hulk — the only MCU film produced that wasn’t given a sequel. Or readily acknowledged by the rest of the MCU’s films.
Despite Lindelof’s… unexpected approach to the source material, he is committed to bringing in A-list talent to help realize his vision. Though it’s unlikely we’ll get a chance to see Adrian Veidt’s giant tentacle monster come to life, because life never stops being unfair.