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HBO Drama Series Watchmen debuts in October

Regina King as Angela Abar in HBO's Watchmen (Credit: Mark Hill/HBO)
Regina King as Angela Abar in HBO’s Watchmen (Credit: Mark Hill/HBO)

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen, from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for Lost; HBO’s The Leftovers) debits on HBO in the United States in October.

HBO says the new series embraces the nostalgia of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Nicole Kassell directs the pilot, from a script written by Lindelof.

Regina King in HBO's Watchmen (Credit: Mark Hill/HBO)
Regina King in HBO’s Watchmen (Credit: Mark Hill/HBO)

Watchmen reunites Lindelof with Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning Regina King (HBO’s The Leftovers, the film If Beale Street Could Talk, and Seven Seconds, American Crime), who leads the cast 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.

The cast also includes Emmy and Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, Big Cat Week, Elizabeth I) as the ageing and imperious Lord of a British Manor; Don Johnson (Miami Vice) as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart (Emmy winner for Samantha Who? and Frasier) as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. (Oscar winner for An Officer and a Gentleman; Emmy winner for Roots) as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks.

Nicole Kassel, Louis Gossett Jr. (Credit: Van Redin/HBO)
Nicole Kassel, Louis Gossett Jr. on the set of Watchmen (Credit: Van Redin/HBO)
Damon Lindelof, Regina King (Credit: Mark Hill/HBO)
Damon Lindelof, Regina King on the set of Watchmen (Credit: Mark Hill/HBO)

Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.

Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof; executive producer/director, Nicole Kassell; executive producer, Tom Spezialy; executive producer/director, Stephen Williams; executive producer, Joseph Iberti.

HBO is online at www.hbo.com

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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