While DC's best-known superheroes fill up the future slate of Warner Bros. movies, as well as the CW's weekly TV schedule, characters from the pages of DC's Vertigo imprint are also getting their turn to shine. This didn't work out too well for John Constantine, whose NBC show is teetering on the verge of being cancelled after just one season, but other upcoming pilots include Fox's adaptation of Lucifer and an AMC show based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series Preacher.
Preacher has some household names behind it: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who are currently best known for collaborating on feature comedies like This is the End and Superbad, are developing and executive producing the pilot alongside Breaking Bad writer Sam Catlin. Actor Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) was recently said to be in final talks for the lead role of Jesse Custer - and now we can confirm that those talks ended well.
This news comes from Rogen himself, who confirmed the casting on Twitter. Jesse is the eponymous preacher of the show, who lives a quiet life in the small Texas town of Annville before becoming possessed by an obscenely powerful supernatural entity called Genesis - and thereafter, embarking on a cross-country trip to try and find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born.
Cooper recently starred in Marvel series Agent Carter, action fantasy film Dracula Untold and video game adaptation Need for Speed. He's also playing a key role in Duncan Jones' epic fantasy Warcraft.
Cooper's confirmations marks the final key part of Preacher's principal cast. Joseph Gilgun (Misfits) is playing Irish vampire Cassidy, Ian Colletti (Rake) snagged the dubious honor of playing Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is Jesse's romantic interest Tulip, and Lucy Griffiths (Constantine) will appear in the pilot as Emily Woodrow, Jesse's right-hand woman at the church.
With a charismatic actor as its lead and some enthusiastic fans of the comics at the writing table, Preacher could be a strong new addition to AMC's line-up of original drama. We're definitely looking forward to seeing the pilot.
Preacher will begin production this year, and is expected to air on AMC in 2016.
Source: Seth Rogen