AMC has taken to Twitter to reveal the first set of images from its upcoming supernatural drama Preacher, a TV series inspired by DC and Vertigo's comic book series of the same name created by Garth Ennis. The project has been developed for the small screen by long-time creative collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend and an Irish vagabond come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from heaven, hell and everywhere in between.
Dominic Cooper is set to play lead Jesse Custer, a reluctant preacher living in a humdrum Texas town, and despite his new occupation, Jesse's tough past has made him more than a little mean and, more often than not, more than a little drunk. When a supernatural entity by the name of Genesis possesses him and grants him the ability to speak with "the word of God" which allows him to command others to obey whatever he says, he embarks on a personal quest. Saying too much about his self-set tasks would be a bit spoiler-heavy, so let's just leave it at it's super-blasphemous and could potentially upset a certain percentage of people.
Like Cooper, the next cast member in the image line-up, is also recognisable for her longish stint on a Marvel television series, and that's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Ruth Negga. In Preacher, the 34-year-old will be portraying gun-wielding Tulip O'Hare, Jesse's old girlfriend who comes back into his life just as his existence is being completely rewritten.
Unlike her old flame, who begrudgingly settled into small town living and church life, she continued the life of crime they began together when they were first an item. In the comics, she was actually killed and resurrected by God to deliver a message to him but whether the show will follow that same storyline is still up in the air.
English actor Joseph Gilgun, known best for his roles in British soap Emmerdale, comedy-drama Misfits and the This Is England series will be seen as Cassidy in the show, a hard-living, hard-partying Irish guy with a taste for adventure and a thirst for blood. And that's not just a casual way of saying the man likes a good brawl, he's actually a vampire.
In the comics, he and Jesse end up becoming close friends and set out on a globetrotting adventure together however the show seems to be taking things in a slightly different direction, which makes us wonder how show Cassidy will differ from his comic book counterpart.
Preacher's pilot episode will play at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in a couple of days' time. While AMC has yet to set an official premiere date for the series starting on the small screen, it's expected to arrive within the next few months.
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