One might think there would be a tipping point for superheroes on TV, but we are definitely not there yet. And HBO knows it, with the network going forward with its mega-ensemble adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Just in the pilot stages right now, Damon Lindelof's episodic take on the superhero saga has finally started putting its cast list together, and the actors that have already joined are surprisingly fantastic. Not surprising because HBO shows don't normally have fantastic casts, but the lineup altogether just makes one say, "Wow."
So let's take a look at all the Watchmen characters we know so far, as well as who they will be playing, when applicable. We can expect to see a lot more announcements in the coming weeks, so bookmark this page to keep current with all the multi-generational heroes.
Don Johnson - ???
Former Miami Vice front man Don Johnson has gone through something of a TV renaissance in recent years, from the short-lived network drama Blood & Oil to the British comedy Sick Note to Fox's recently cancelled LA to Vegas. But while he's always been a badass, he's never been part of the comic book world, and Watchmen should be a fantastic first step. Though no details about his character were give by Deadline, I would think that Johnson (at 68) would either be part of the Minutemen guard or possibly The Comedian at an older age.
Regina King - ???
From American Crime to The Leftovers to The Boondocks (to even her appearances on The Big Bang Theory), Regina King knows a little something about making popular and wildly acclaimed TV. Watchmen will hopefully be just as popular and critically adored, and I would bet money on King being a big part of that appeal. Without any character clues to go on, and without a whole lot of female characters within the Watchmen universe, we'd guess she would be one of the Silk Spectres.
Tim Blake Nelson - ???
One of cinema's most fantastic character actors, and one who will next be seen in the Coen brothers' TV show, Tim Blake Nelson has popped up in two Marvel comic book movies that weren't the most memorable, as they were outside of the MCU. (Incredible Hulk and the more recent Fantastic Four flick.) For Watchmen, he could really play any role in the show, but he would obviously be best as Rorschach, right?
Lou Gossett Jr. - ???
With such classics as Roots, An Officer and a Gentlemen and Iron Eagle in his past, Lou Gossett Jr. has appeared in so many TV shows and movies, it's hard to keep up. Most recently, he could be seen in the now-cancelled Hap and Leonard and in Season 1 of The Good Fight, with many more projects on the horizon. Without much in his career by way of classic superhero tales, Gossett will almost definitely play someone involved with the Minutemen, unless he's playing someone independent of the heroes themselves.
Adelaide Clemens - ???
Having starred in one of TV's most powerful dramas, Rectify, Adelaide Clemens certainly had work cut out for her in finding an equally noteworthy follow-up show. But I believe we can all agree Watchmen is that show, and the Australian actress seems ripe to take on one of the Silk Spectre roles. Or perhaps there will be some gender-swapped roles to give females more of a role in this updated version.
Andrew Howard - ???
Having appeared in some of the most popular shows on TV, actor Andrew Howard is no stranger to the world of action and comic book stories. He was part of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast some years back, and has been seen in Limitless, Hell on Wheels, 24: Legacy, The Brave and Bates Motel. While it's hard to know who Howard could end up playing...he's possibly a good fit for Moloch the Mystic?
Jeremy Irons - ???
Jeremy Irons has a long history of prestigious and popular projects in showbiz, ranging from playing Alfred in the DC extended universe to Rodrigo Borgia in The Borgias to Scar himself in The Lion King. He even won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991 for his performance in Reversal of Fortune. Unsurprisingly, no details are currently available for who he will play in Watchmen, but Deadline reports that his will be a leading role. Rumor has it that he'll play the lord of a British manor who is both "aging and imperious."
Tom Mison - ???
Prior to 2013, Tom Mison was primarily known for projects filmed across the pond. Pride and Prejudice fans will recognize his character's name, Mr. Bingley, from the 2008 miniseries Lost in Austen on ITV, and he was back on the miniseries circuit in 2012 after a few years of one-off roles with Parade's End, which also starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Rupert Everett. In 2013, he debuted on Fox as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, which ran for four seasons before being cancelled in 2017. His Watchmen character is currently a mystery, as with the rest of the cast. .
Frances Fisher - ???
Despite a long and prosperous career, Frances Fisher is probably still best known for her role as Rose's mom in Titanic back in 1997. More recently, she had multi-episode runs on Resurrection, Criminal Minds, Masters of Sex, and Swedish Dicks, as well as a memorable appearance in Fargo. Like Tom Mison, she appeared in a project based on Pride and Prejudice will the Hallmark movie Marrying Mr. Darcy. No details are available about who she'll play on Watchmen.
Jacob Ming-Trent - ???
The career of Jacob Ming-Trent kicked off back in 2007 with an appearance on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but he didn't get a bigger break into the TV biz until almost a decade later with AMC's short-lived Feed the Beast in 2016. He followed that up in 2017 with Showtime's White Famous, although that too was cancelled after one season. You can find him now on the big screen in Superfly. His Watchmen character is -- you guessed it -- unknown at this point.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II - ???
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II made a name for himself on Netflix in 2016 with The Get Down, where he played the character Cadillac. He then moved to the big screen for roles in Baywatch and The Greatest Showman. He made a return to streaming television with an episode of The Handmaid's Tale and will be featured as the villain Black Manta in Aquaman when it releases in December. Who he plays in Watchmen is not currently known.
Sara Vickers - ???
Scottish actress Sara Vickers is best-known for her performance as Joan Thursday in Endeavour, which airs on ITV. She's turned in performances in the period pieces The Alienist and The Crown. In 2016, she appeared in the third season of British crime drama Shetland in a stint running six episode. Prior to that, she could be seen in Privates on the BBC. Who does she play in Watchmen? Only time will tell.
For now, these are all the cast members that Watchmen currently has lined up for its HBO debut. Stay tuned for more announcements, and bookmark our summer premiere schedule for all the new and returning shows hitting primetime soon.