The upcoming AMC action-fantasy drama Preacher is a television adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series of the same name. Developed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen -- both of whom are serving as executive producers -- the show centers around the titular preacher Jesse Custer (Agent Carter's Dominic Cooper), a man living in Anville County, Texas who is possessed by a supernatural entity called Genesis -- the outcast child of an angel and a demon. Together with his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire Cassidy (The Last Witch Hunter's Joseph Gilgun) Jesse sets off on an unlikely spiritual quest.
The first full-length trailer gave fans a small window into the upcoming series' use of dark humor and violence, and Rogen has confirmed that, while staying true to the comic's tone and nature, the show will deviate from the source material in some ways. Building on what was already shown in the previews, fans can now see the characters onscreen will have a very similar look and feel to their comic counterparts.
In advance of Preacher's premiere at SXSW, AMC has released (via Twitter) a first look at the lead trio. The Custer is one that was previously released, showing the titular character in his standard preacher's garb, reclining in a church pew lighting up a cigarette. Tulip is shown gazing out of a car, with a man -- presumably Custer -- looking in the passenger side window. Perhaps most appropriately, the tired and tattooed Cassidy is at a bar, a bottle in one hand and his iconic shades in the other. You can check out the images, below:
With a series of abandoned adaptations in the rearview mirror, many fans of the comic book series have been concerned that this production would not stay true to the brutal roots of the cult phenomenon. However, as the show continues to add experienced and prestigious actors to the roster, employ Rogen and Goldberg's respect for the source material, and not shy away from classic characters like the disfigured Arseface, it seems as though this series may succeed in its efforts to bridge the gap between the narrative complexities of the source material and the constraints of television.
We still have some time to go before viewers can see if Rogen and Golberg are successful or not, though reviews from SXSW should be coming out shortly. Judging by these excellent character images and knowing that the show has already received the enthusiastic support of Ennis, Preacher seems primed to be the next outstanding comic book adaptation on AMC.
Preacher will debut on AMC around mid-2016.
Source: Preacher AMC Twitter