On the heels of their success with The Walking Dead, AMC recently decided to order a pilot for the Vertigo comic Preacher. Written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon, Preacher has been in development many times before, first as a film starring James Marsden, then as a series at HBO and finally as a film for Columbia Pictures. Of course, none of these projects ever made it to the screen, but it seems Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's adaptation at AMC is now ready to go the distance.
Part of the problem with adapting Preacher has been the comic's heavily controversial storyline. AMC is expected to take some liberties with the source material, but as it stands now, the TV series will follow Reverend Jesse Custer, a preacher whose mission is to find God and make him pay for abandoning Heaven and all his responsibilities. On his journey, he'll also be accompanied by an Irish vampire named Cassidy and his gun-toting ex-girlfriend Tulip - who has just been cast.
Deadline is reporting that Ruth Negga (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is moving from one comic book adaptation to another to play Preacher's Tulip O'Hare, Jesse's ex and one true love. She's described as a "volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation."
Besides Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Ethiopian-born actress is perhaps best known for starring in the popular British series Misfits. She can next be seen in Legendary's video game adaptation of Warcraft as the new character Lady Taria.
News of Negga's casting may be divisive for hardcore Preacher fans who could have been expecting a white and blonde actress like the character of Tulip in the comics. This is Sony TV's second consecutive comic book project where a minority actress has landed a lead that was originally depicted as white, following Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim on the PlayStation Network's Powers.
Negga is actually the first actor cast in Preacher, which has reportedly been eying Agent Carter star Dominic Cooper for the lead role. It's unusual, but not unheard of, for a co-star to be announced before the lead, so we can probably expect to hear about the rest of the cast very soon.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited to see Negga in AMC's Preacher? Does it both you that Tulip won't look as she does in the comics? Let us know in the comments.
Preacher will begin production this year and is expected to premiere on AMC in 2016.