Following on the heels of the likeminded AMC original series based on comic book creator Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, the forthcoming dramatic adaptation of writer Garth Ennis’ Preacher is shaping up to be quiet the unique basic cable event. Brought to the small screen by near-constant collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (The Night Before), their latest outing for television sees the ubiquitous studio comedy duo setting their sights on a fare more prurient and evocative bit of social and religious satire (far divorced from any of their previous efforts on the big screen).
Ahead of the show’s premiere later this May, AMC has already released a haunting teaser trailer that suggests some of the more sordid and turbulent supernatural affairs soon to come from the Preacher TV show – a program that will supposedly not be toned down in terms of its adult content. On that note, the latest clip from the Preacher introduces one of its many characters in an especially intimidating light, thus hinting at the relentless nature of the series proper.
In the video featured above, Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga), the chief romantic interest and frequent compatriot of former pastor and ethereally empowered protagonist Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), can be seen engaged in a white-knuckled battle in a moving vehicle. By the end of the short sequence, Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) gets the better of her opponent in an especially grisly manner that serves to suggest the gory theatrics soon to come from the rest of Preacher.
After being granted a brief glimpse of one of the more overtly grotesque characters from the new show in the form of Arseface (Ian Colletti), this Preacher sneak peek ought to provide further incentive to give the show a try when it premieres next month. With any luck, Rogen and Goldberg have developed something the likes of which will in point of fact astonish, titillate, and surprise viewers when the series finally airs as a close cousin to The Walking Dead (in terms of thematic content and narrative material – the shows aren’t related directly, of course).
For now, general audiences can begin anticipating a brand new show based on an outstanding comic property quite unlike anything else currently in theaters or on the small screen. The Walking Dead still stands as the mainstream success to beat on AMC’s current line-up of original series based in part on comic book characters, but here’s to hoping that Preacher soon find a space for itself in the network’s collection of TV shows.
Preacher premieres Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 on AMC.