The television adaption of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s graphic novel Preacher premiered this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival and is set to air on May 22nd.
Preacher follows Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), an unconventional preacher from a small Texas town, who was pushed into his profession by his effing insane family. Jesse, after being possessed by Genesis, an entity that is half angel and half demon, develops a neat power, what he commands you must do. He sets out to find God, accompanied by his ex girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). In the world of Preacher Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy will encounter regular people, and characters from Heaven, Hell, and everywhere in between.
Dominic Cooper – Jesse Custer
Ruth Negga – Tulip O’Hare
Joseph Gilgun – Cassidy
We reported back in February that Jackie Earle Hailey had been cast in the role of Haley Odin, a local KKK member and molester of meat. Jesse and Odin butt heads on several occasions in the graphic novels. W. Earl Brown will play the role of Sheriff Hugo Root, the ill-tempered father of Eugene Root aka Arseface, a kid with a unfortunate face. Jane Anne Allman will play Betsy Schenck, a meek mother who appears to be the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her husband, Donnie (Derek Wilson). Let’s just Donnie and Jesse don’t get along.
The graphic novels are dark, violent, gory and twisted. I am interested to see how AMC will handle that. Let’s hope that the series will retain the same essence that made the graphic novels so great.