WATCH: New The Watch trailer from BBC America

The Watch key artBBC America has released a new trailer and key art for The Watch, the upcoming adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels about the Ankh Morpork City Watch.

Last October, the first teaser and sneak peeks were released, introducing the different characters of the series. Sir Terry Pratchett wrote 41 novels in this world, eight of which feature the adventures of the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork. These novels are: Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Thud!, and Snuff.

The series may not look like a very faithful adaptation of the books but adds elements from more familiar fantasy and sci-fi franchises, as some have even described it as a cross between Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here is the official synopsis of the series:

The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. The comedic yet thrilling series pits trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it.

From lead writer and executive producer Simon Allen (The Musketeers), the modern and inclusive series is inspired by the characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett’s famous Discworld novels, including the captain of The City Watch Sam Vimes (Richard Dormer, Game of Thrones), the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin (Lara Rossi, I May Destroy You), the naïve but heroic Carrot (Adam Hugill, 1917), the mysterious Angua (Marama Corlett, Blood Drive) and the ingenious forensics expert Cheery (Jo Eaton-Kent, Don’t Forget the Driver) together with The Watch’s own idiosyncratic depiction of Death (Wendell Pierce, The Wire).

The series also stars Samuel Adewunmi (The Last Tree) as Carcer Dun, a figure from Vimes’ past; Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows) who is voicing Wayne, a talking sword; Anna Chancellor (The Hour) as Lord Vetinari; and Bianca Simone Mannie (Homeland) as Wonse. Also appearing are James Fleet (Outlander) as The Archchancellor; Ralph Ineson (Chernobyl), who is voicing Sergeant Detritus; Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Dynasty) as Captain John Keel; Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) as Inigo Skimmer, a.k.a. The Duke of Stab; Ruth Madeley (Years and Years) as Throat; and Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who) as Doctor Cruces.”

The Watch will premiere on January 3, 2021 on BBC America.

Check out the trailer below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px-ljMM_EeM