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Thank The Casting Gods: Amazon's 'Good Omens' Lands Michael Sheen & David Tennant

By Tori Preston | Industry | August 14, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Industry | August 14, 2017 |

Holy crapsticks! According to Variety, Amazon’s six-episode adaptation of Good Omens has just landed a perfectly divine pair of actors to play the leads: Michael Sheen and David Tennant!

Good Omens is based on the beloved novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The story involves the Apocalypse, the Four Horsemen, the Antichrist, witches, satanists, prophecies, and more — and at the center of everything is the unlikely alliance between an angel and a demon, who have grown quite comfortable on Earth and aren’t looking forward to having to go back home again (Hell is Hell, and Heaven is full of boring people). Tennant will play the demon, Crowley, while Sheen will be the angel named Aziraphale.

Personally I didn’t think anyone could top the BBC Radio dramatization of the book, featuring Peter Serafinowicz as Crowley and Mark Heap as Aziraphale. They were perfect, and I signed up for Audible just to spend my free download on a copy of the recording. Still, Amazon just threw down the gauntlet with this casting — those are two actors who are always surprising and fun to watch. We know Tennant can pull off evil yet charming (he did it so well in Jessica Jones), but I’m looking forward to seeing what Sheen can do as a fussy angelic bookworm.

Neil Gaiman adapted all six episodes for the series, and will also serve as both showrunner and a producer. Good Omens will be co-produced by BBC Studios with Narrativia, the production company of Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna, and the Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime Video and the BBC. That’s… a lot of BBC. Which is probably also a very good thing.

Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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