Production on HBO's Watchmen series is officially underway and some set photos have leaked online, featuring Don Johnson in a police uniform, which may have shed some light on the story. According to a casting announcement from a few weeks ago, Regina King is playing a lead role, possibly as Angela Abraham, and is sharing the screen with Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, and Tim Blake Nelson. It isn't clear who Don Johnson is playing at the moment, but that news is expected to be announced soon.
The set photos from the Watchmen TV series show off Don Johnson in what looks like an old police uniform. He is seen in the photos with a group of men in similar uniforms, which has led many to speculate that The Police Strike of 1977, a small part of the original comic series, will be featured on the show. The incident had members of the police force go on strike to protest the government's endorsement of the activities of the so-called vigilantes.
If the speculation ends up as true, Don Johnson could be playing a character named Old Man. Initial casting notices for the Watchmen series state that Old Man is no longer on the police force, but he is an, "imposing figure despite his age." The leaked set photos could all be from a flashback event, which would fit in nicely with The Police Strike of 1977 since it was such a minor piece in the comics. Other than that, there's not much to go off of for the new series, especially since it's going to take place with new characters as opposed to the original characters from the comics.
Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof has stated in the past that the new show will take place in the same universe as the movie and comic series, but it will revolve around entirely new characters. This decision has been seen as divisive amongst fans of the comic series as well as the movie, and could prove to be controversial, especially since the unofficial follow up to Watchmen, Doomsday Clock, was so poorly received. However, with Damon Lindelof's decision to try something new may end up resonating with fans in the end.
The Watchmen TV series could still end up having some of the original characters appear, but that has yet to be officially confirmed at this time. For now, David Lindelof is taking the project on as a "remix" of the way that the movie and comic series worked. Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation was generally well-received by fans of Alan Moore's comics, especially the director's cut version of the film. Hopefully Lindelof is able to make something new, while still pleasing fans of the past adaptation and the source material in general. You can check out the pictures of Don Johnson on the set of the Watchmen over at Hollywood Pipeline.