AMC’s Preacher has its Jesse Custer
AMC’s upcoming pilot Preacher has found its lead. According to Deadline, the studio has signed Dominic Cooper to take on the role of Jesse Custer.
Cooper (Agent Carter, Need for Speed) is the last of the three major roles the show was looking to cast. He joins Ruth Negga (Agents of SHIELD, 12 Years a Slave) and Joe Gilgun (Misfits, This is England), both of whom are already confirmed.
Preacher follows burned out and disillusioned Texas preacher Jesse Custer after he receives a supernatural force that gives him god-like powers. He decides to use these new powers to track down the absent God almighty to learn why he abandoned his creation.
Custer is joined in his search by his estranged and somewhat homicidal ex-girlfriend Tulip (Negga), and a drunken Irish vampire with charisma named Cassidy (Gilgun). Along the way they will run across oddities like the bizarrely optimistic and horribly disfigured Arseface, and if it sticks to the comic, a host of other enemies ranging from secret societies to the Saint of Killers.
The comic is deeply entrenched in the lore of Texas and the Old West, so much so that it could really only have come from someone on the outside looking in that saw the best of an idea without being bogged down by the reality of it. The comic was written by Irish scribe Garth Ennis, who will also produce, and the three main stars are all from England and Ireland. That could be deliberate, or it could simply be coincidence.
The pilot for AMC is just that at the moment – a pilot. The network seems encouraged by it thanks to producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, not to mention AMC’s phenomenal success with another comic property in The Walking Dead, but at the moment only a pilot is confirmed.
Shooting is expected to begin soon. If the networks likes what they see in the pilot, it will likely lead to a series at some point in 2016.
Cooper joins the cast after a recent stint as another comic character, Howard Stark, in both Captain America: The First Avenger and the recent TV show, Agent Carter. A few years back that might have been a wild coincidence to have an actor or actress play two comic characters, but given how many comic properties are out or in development, it’s not all that surprising any more. In fact, it’s not even that unusual.