Regina King and Don Johnson Tapped to Lead New 'Watchmen' Series

Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Andrew Howard also join the cast in unclosed roles.

AceShowbiz - Regina King and Don Johnson have signed on to lead Damon Lindelof's new The Watchmen series.

A day after Lindelhof opened up about his approach to Alan Moore's beloved graphic novel series in a letter to fans, he's completing his cast for the pilot.

Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Andrew Howard have also landed roles, but their characters are being kept under wraps.

Lindelof has written the screenplay for the pilot, which Nicole Kassell will direct.

In his letter to fans, the screenwriter and producer stated: "Those original 12 issues (of Watchmen) are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along, it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen.

"The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica. To be clear. Watchmen is canon... We are not making a 'sequel' either. This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built... But in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original... Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them."

Day 140.

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Zack Snyder's 2009 Watchmen movie featured Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian, Matthew Goode as Ozymandias, Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, and Patrick Wilson and Malin Akerman as Dan Dreiberg (aka Nite Owl) and Laurie Jupiter (aka Silk Spectre II).

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