Last December, we learned that AMC had officially ordered a pilot episode for a series adaptation of the comic book “Preacher,” and over the past few months the supporting cast has been coming together, but now news of the lead actor has finally surfaced.
The Wrap reports Captain America: The First Avenger and “Agent Carter” star Dominic Cooper is nearing a deal to take the lead role in the TV series that will be produced and directed by This is The End writing and directing duo Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg.
Cooper will take the title role of Jesse Custer, a small town preacher who sets out on a journey to literally find God after a life-changing experience, and discovers, after he merges with a heavenly creature, that he has the ability to compel anyone to do anything he wishes as long as they can comprehend his words.
The rest of the cast includes Ian Colletti as Arseface, a horribly disfigured young man who looks up to Jesse and maintains an earnest attitude despite being hated by the surrounding townspeople; Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”) as Emily Woodrow, a no-nonsense single mother of three, waitress, the church organist, a bookkeeper and Jesse’s loyal right hand; Ruth Negga as Tulip, Custer’s ex-girlfriend; and Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, a rowdy Irish vampire.
They’ll all come into contact with Custer as he heads off to find God and ask him why he’s abandoned the human race. It certainly sounds unlike anything else on television, and it will undoubtedly turn some heads on AMC.
The 90s comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon is pretty bold, violent and controversial, so it’ll be interesting to see how Rogen & Goldberg bring it to television, with help from “Breaking Bad” scribe Sam Catlin on the script. The pilot episode of “Preacher” will shoot this year and AMC hopes to be bringing the series to air sometime in 2016. Stay tuned for more.
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