The first photo of Jon Hamm as Gabriel in Good Omens has arrived, bringing to life the sharp-dressed archangel from the novel. Neil Gaiman has spent the past few decades writing everything from comics to novels to children's books. As such, there's no shortage of material from the author that can be turned into films and TV shows. In the past ten years, Gaiman has seen just that happen, as he's quickly become the new Stephen King thanks to all the adaptations of his works that are either out now or in development.
Though Sandman is still stuck in a long development process as a film, American Gods became a hit on Starz this year and has a new season coming in 2018. Also arriving next year is Amazon's adaptation of Gaiman and fantasy legend Terry Prachett's book Good Omens. The story focuses on the odd couple of prim and proper angel Aziraphale and the Dionysian demon Crowley, who both want to delay the apocalypse. The first image of Martin Sheen and David Tennant as Good Omens' leads has already been released, and now Hamm as Gabriel has been officially unveiled too.
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Amazon has officially unveiled the first image of Jon Hamm as the archangel Gabriel in Amazon's adaptation of Good Omens (see the photo below). True to the book, the character is impeccably coifed and dressed, standing in stark contrast to Sheen's Aziraphale.
The cast of Good Omens is already exquisite, and the series looks to be a faithful adaptation of the source material. Much of that is thanks to Gaiman actually writing the scripts for the 6-part series, in addition to serving as the showrunner for the series. Tennant and Sheen, meanwhile, have plenty of genre experience, but Hamm will be new to the more fantastical world of Good Omens. Still, he's proven he can handle both comedy and drama in his many roles over the years, and it turns out he's a huge fans of the source material, having said:
"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.”
Though Gaiman only served in a consulting capacity for American Gods, the quality of that series speaks volumes about what the author can achieve when he's in charge of his own material. While Prachett's passing sadly means he can't see his book become a TV show, Gaiman should be more than capable of bringing the work to life.
Good Omens debuts on Amazon in 2018.