Ahead of the show’s eventual premiere sometime in the middle of this year, AMC’s Preacher, which will be loosely based on 1990s comic book series published by DC Comics imprint Vertigo, is all set to follow the travails of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper): a former man of the cloth living in Anville County, Texas, where he takes it upon himself to discover the whereabouts a neglectful almighty. Accompanied by his boozy ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga), the series will borrow certain elements from the comic series as written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon, and will be brought to life behind the scenes by executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad).
Following the release of the first official trailer for the AMC show, fans have no doubt been clamoring for more information from behind the scenes on Preacher. The latest casting update might just be the kind of clue about the series’ production to hold them over, until the pilot episode’s premiere at SXSW later this year.
According to THR, Jackie Earle Haley (RoboCop) has signed on to appear in six episodes of Preacher in the role of the local slaughterhouse foreman, and erstwhile KKK clansman, Odin Quincannon. In Ennis and Dillon’s original comic book series, Odin serves as the chief proprietor of Quincannon Meat & Power – where he rules with an unscrupulous and ironclad fist, and more often than not finds himself in direct contest with the former pastor Custer.
Tapping an actor who has had his fare share of roles wherein he has inhabited the skins of an entire coterie of unsavory characters is certainly the way to go in regards to bringing a character as irksome as Odin to the small screen. Considering Haley’s Oscar-nominated turn as a pedophile in 2007’s Little Children, in addition to his more recent turn as horror-icon-cum-statutory-deviant Freddie Kreueger in 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (and, of course, his memorable turn as psychologically unbalanced costumed vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen), it’s hard to imagine AMC finding a better character actor to fill the role of Odin from Preacher.
Given how warmly series creator Ennis has already received and welcomed the footage already seen ahead of the show’s eventual premiere on television, Preacher might just shape up into another comic book inspired hit for the basic cable network. If AMC plays their cards just right, Preacher could very well become a sustainable supplement, and potential successor, to the like-minded and already wildly popular The Walking Dead.
Preacher will debut on AMC around mid-2016.