This week saw the start of production on Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s adaptation of the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon comic of the same name – in which a small town preacher called Jesse Custer is possessed by a powerful supernatural entity called Genesis and goes on a cross-country road trip to try and find God.
Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) landed the lead role as Jesse, and the show will also star Joseph Gilgun (Misfits) as Jesse’s vampire buddy Cassidy, Lucy Griffiths (Constantine) as original character Emily Woodrow, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as marksman Tulip O’Hare, and Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, a teenager who was left horribly deformed after a failed suicide attempt.
Thanks to social media it’s become easier than ever for actors, directors and showrunners to share glimpses into the production process with eager fans, and Rogen has now offered the first look at Jesse and Arseface in a set photo from Preacher. The image shows Jesse having a talk with Arseface in his bedroom, surrounded by posters of the kid’s favorite bands.
The lighting means that the two characters are largely shown in silhouette, but it looks like Cooper has faithfully adopted Jesse’s wild hair and it’s just possible to make out some of the prosthetics that have been used to arse up Colletti’s face.
The posters on the wall confirm that Preacher will be set in the modern day, rather than in the 1990s setting of the original comic. The Jack White poster just behind Jesse’s head, featuring artwork of Laika the Soviet space dog by Todd Slater, was used to promote a 2014 concert. This is significant because in the comics Arseface decides to take his own life after hearing about the death of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, but presumably this part of his backstory will be reworked.
Rogen and Goldberg are co-directing the pilot and Breaking Bad producer Sam Catlin will act as showrunner. So far the show has only been ordered to pilot, but if AMC is pleased with what Rogen and Goldberg produce than it could soon receive a series order.
Preacher is expected to air on AMC in 2016.
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