A Marvel Man Is the Frontrunner to Play Jesse Custer in AMC's 'Preacher'
Since the news AMC was interested in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Preacher adaptation, I’ve begun reading (and loving) the Garth Ennis/Steven Dillon comic. Like everyone excited by the prospect of seeing this particular mind-trip brought to life, I share that little bit of incredulity over the prospect; how on earth can something so full of not-even-close-to-television-friendly language, that’s so un-p/c with such fantastical (Arseface, Genesis) characters be brought to life on a regular cable network? Never mind the seemingly impossible effects they’ll have to figure out — even the masterful work on The Walking Dead would barely scratch the surface of what Preacher could require — won’t 90 percent of the characters’ dialogue need to be rewritten? I’m certainly willing to put some faith in AMC, and Rogen has absolutely promised he won’t fuck it up so I guess we’re all just taking a collective leap of faith, which is as close to religion as a few of us may ever get.
After the writing (Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin is on board), the big hurdle is casting the right people. Word on the frontrunner to play Jesse Custer has finally hit the interwebs, and I’m pleasantly surprised:
Though Dominic Cooper didn’t immediately come to mind, after his rip-roaring run on Agent Carter, I have no problem seeing him work out well. For those of you who might be hung up on Jesse’s age, or specifics of the other major characters, you may need to open up to new ideas. Rumor has it Tulip’s ethnicity is being changed to African-American (I guess my Tricia Helfer and Joelle Carter suggestions are out). Maybe they can steal away Susan Heyward from Powers or Samira Wiley from Orange Is the New Black; I’d love to see Freema Agyeman get a shot. The pilot script is said to veer wildly from the comic in storytelling style, while keeping “tonally” true to what readers know and love. Nerdist calls Preacher “One of the best pilot scripts we’ve read in a long time” (**Spoiler alert: There’s very specific information on that script at that link; Genesis, Cassidy and Arseface were prominently featured, and details on a few scenes are given).
In case you hadn’t heard, Seth Rogen already invited Rian Johnson and Duncan Jones to direct episodes and their responses were quite enthusiastic.
How’re you feeling about all this, kids?