HBO's upcoming Watchmen TV show has cast the actor James Wolk in a recurring role. Watchmen originated in a comic book that was published in the '80s. The limited series only ran from 1986 to 1987 and was written by Alan Moore. The comic was adapted into a motion picture in 2009 and was directed by Zack Snyder. HBO had officially ordered a Watchmen pilot last year, and now the cast is starting to fill out.
Not a whole lot is known about HBO's Watchmen, but The Leftovers and Lost writer Damon Lindelof is on board to helm the project for HBO. The story is also still a mystery, yet it has been confirmed that HBO's Watchmen won't adapt a comic story. So far, Regina King and Don Johnson are said to have big roles, along with Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays Black Manta in this year's Aquaman, has also recently been cast. That being said, even with these cast members and Watchmen casting call information, it is still unknown who is playing who.
According to Deadline, Wolk is the most recent actor to join the cast of Watchmen. Wolk is probably most known for the role of Jackson Oz in CBS's Zoo, but he has more recently appeared in the shows Goliath and Tell Me a Story. Like many of the cast members, Wolk's role is currently unknown, but Deadline is reporting that the actor will have a recurring role that might be in the form of a junior senator from Oklahoma.
An official synopsis has yet to be revealed, but people have started to pull some details out of what Lindelof has already shared and the set photos for Watchmen. It appears that the story for HBO's Watchmen will be set in modern day, possibly taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The show is also likely to revolve around new characters, rather than pulling the ones that were featured in the comic books and movie. That being said, Lindelof has teased, "We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising, yet familiar set of eyes".
Even though a Watchmen movie sequel never came to be, now seems like the right time for a TV series. Superheroes are as popular as ever, and everyone seems to be jumping on the opportunity to develop superhero TV shows or movies. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC film universe are two of the biggest franchises right now, there are several TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, and the CW that attract a lot of attention as well. HBO might have their hands full with Game of Thrones right now, but Watchmen could be their next big hit, especially if they get the casting right.
Watchmen premieres on HBO sometime in 2019.