It’s been reported that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, The Get Down, The Handmaids Tale) and Sarah Vickers (The Crown, Endeavour, The Alienist) have joined the cast of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot for HBO. The announcement follows this week’s news that Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow) has joined the cast.
Originally released in 1986 as a 12-issue miniseries, Watchmen went onto spawn a feature film directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman, Man of Steel) in 2009. The original story centred around a murder-mystery before unravelling into a world altering conspiracy drawing the line between heroes and villains.
In a letter to fans, Lindelof stated the series will not be an adaptation of the original comic, instead it would be a completely original story which would introduce unknown characters to the universe.
The cast is certainly taking shape with the pilot set to including: Jeremy Irons (Justice League), Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Louis Gossett Jr (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous) and Tom Mison.
DC Comics recently integrated the Watchmen into the DC Multiverse with the release of the hugely successful Doomsday clock series.
Lindelof will serve as creator, writer, show runner and executive producer on the Watchmen series, with Tom Spezialy and Nicole Kassel also serving as executive producers. Kassell will also direct the pilot.