The wait is almost over. There's just under a month left to go until the premiere of AMC’s Preacher, at which point the two-decade long push for an adaptation of the acclaimed Vertigo comic book series will finally come to fruition. The road has been long and hard, with many left wondering if the wild and groundbreaking series was ever going to get the adaptation it deserved. Over the years, many directors were variously attached to helm the project, but the pushes went nowhere as Preacher languished in development hell.
Who’d have thought that salvation would come from the world of comedy? Many eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (directors of This Is the End and The Interview) were adapting Preacher as a TV series. But over the course of the last year, as images of Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Reverend Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Jesse’s ex-lover Tulip, and Ian Colletti (Blue Bloods) as Arseface were revealed, anticipation built as it looked like someone finally understood both what Preacher was and how to make it viable.
AMC couldn’t be happier about the buzz building around their latest series, but that doesn’t mean the network is done stoking the flames of anticipation surrounding the Preacher TV show premiere quite yet. Case in point: AMC has now released a fresh batch of images further teasing the series' various characters, offering a better glimpse at Jesse Custer’s darkly strange and dangerous world. These new Preacher images provide glimpses at the main players in addition to several supporting characters on the show - including, W. Earl Brown (Black Mass) as small town Sheriff Root, as well as Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire) and Tom Brooke (Rectify) as DeBlanc and Fiore, respectively. You can check out those Preacher photos below.
While these pics reveal little about the plot for the uninitiated, fans of the Preacher comic book series are no doubt glad to see more from the upcoming TV show - further serving to illustrate the faithfulness of the adaptation. The comic book series, which ended its run in 2000, is quit well-regarded (generally speaking) and has earned praise and acclaim from comic book enthusiasts that extends to the present day.
The Preacher series follows Jesse Custer, former criminal drifter turned West Texas preacher who becomes possessed by an entity born of a relationship between angel and demon. Imbued with strange powers, this leads Jesse on a journey that finds him facing off against the forces of Heaven, Hell, and humankind. Despite the complexities of the concept, the series is rooted with human emotion, especially revolving around the love story of Jesse and Tulip. Cooper and Negga, no strangers to the world of televised comic book adaptations, seem perfectly suited to bring these characters to life.
That’s good news for comic book readers, who hold Preacher in special regard. However, the excitement extends beyond the core audience of comic fans, arguably making Preacher one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2016. Given everything we’ve seen of the show so far, and the high praise the premier episode earned after its debut at SXSW 2016, it’s no wonder that expectations are high.
Preacher debuts Sunday, May 22 on AMC at 10/9 central.