Preacher casting continues with Cassidy and the immortal Arseface
You can add two more names to the cast of AMC’s upcoming Preacher, including the second of the three main stars. Deadline reports that the role of Cassidy, the self-destructive Irish vampire and best friend, will be played by Joe Gilgun (Misfits, This is England).
Gilgun isn’t well known outside of the UK, but if you’ve seen the last three season of Misfits (and cheers for sticking it out with that show), and/or This is England, you can make a solid argument that the casting is inspired.
Gilgun will make up one-third of the leads, along with the supernaturally endowed cowboy-preacher Jesse Custer, and Custer’s girlfriend Tulip. The producers of Preacher recently announced the casting of Ruth Negga as the female lead, Tulip. No word yet on who the producers are looking at for the starring role of Custer, but given that the show seems to be moving ahead quickly, it shouldn’t be long now.
According to the Deadline article, Cassidy is described as:
[T]he most wild-ass, bestest “bro” you’d ever want to meet. He may be 100 years dead but no one’s more boisterously alive than Proinsias Cassidy. An incorrigible mischief-maker, Cassidy’s up for anything — joyriding, bungee-jumping, bank robbing, peyote dropping. He’s also a relentless conversationalist with opinions on everything from religion to politics to pop culture to theories on why people are better able to tolerate the odor of their own flatulence.
That also leaves out that Cassidy is a vampire, and that he has some serious personality deficiencies that explaining in detail would border on spoilers for those that haven’t read the comics. He is a relentlessly unique force though, and one of the more original characters in a series packed with original characters.
Along with the casting of the two leads, a supporting role has been filled as well. The role of Eugene Root, aka Arseface, will be played by relative newcomer Ian Colletti.
Arseface was a recurring character in the comics, and he is listed as such for the TV show. Root was the son of an abusive father who tried to kill himself in an attempt to emulate his hero, Kurt Cobain. He failed though, leaving himself badly disfigured, but with an oddly chipper and upbeat attitude. He earns his nickname Arseface when Cassidy off-handedly comments that his face looks like an “arse.”
It’s a little odd that the producers haven’t cast Custer yet, given how central he is to the show and how both Tulip and Cassidy play off of him. Maybe the studio already has an actor in mind, or maybe they know exactly what they are looking for.
Odds are we won’t have to wait long to find out.