There are a lot of huge Neil Gaiman fans who write for this site. I am not necessarily one of them, but I have read Good Omens and I do love Jon Hamm. And also David Tennant. And also Michael Sheen. The latter two have not only been cast in Good Omens, but we’ve seen what they look like:
Now we have word that Jon Hamm has been added to the cast as Archangel Gabriel, a relatively minor presence in the novel whose role will be beefed up significantly in the television series.
A statement from Gaiman:
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there. The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he’s a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.”
A statement from Hamm:
“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago. I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”
It’ll be nice to have Hamm back on our television screens. We will, however, have to wait until 2019 until Good Omens debuts on Amazon Prime in America and BBC Two in the U.K.