Damon Lindelof's Watchmen pilot at HBO, based on the bestselling graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, has secured a number of actors in key roles, Variety reported. Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard will all appear in the series. King's credits include HBO's The Leftovers, which was co-created by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta from Perrotta's novel.
In a letter to fans, Lindelof "laid out his vision for the series, which he said will not be a re-telling of the story from the original graphic novel, but rather a new story in the same world with new characters set in the present day," Variety noted.
"Some of the characters will be unknown," he said. "New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes... and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks."
Lindelof is writer and executive producer on the project, with Tom Spezialy also executive producing. Nicole Kassell will executive produce and direct the pilot. Watchmen is being produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television.