Jon Hamm has joined the cast of Good Omens, the upcoming television adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett‘s novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Amazon Studios and BBC announced today.
Hamm, who’s best known for his leading role in TV’s Mad Men and was seen earlier this year in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, will be playing the role of the archangel Gabriel, who is the primary messenger of God, in the upcoming six-part limited series.
The character of Gabriel isn’t prominent in the novel, so Gaiman explained why he was being developed for the TV show:
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there.
The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he’s a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.”
Production began last month on the TV series, which was written by Gaiman, who is also serving as showrunner. David Tennant stars as the demon Crowley, while Michael Sheen plays his opposite, the angel Aziraphale. The series will also star Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat, Bad Education), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul, This is Spinal Tap), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Churchill, Stronger), Adria Arjona (True Detective, Narcos, Emerald City, Pacific Rim: Uprising), Nina Sosanya (W1A, Marcella, Love, Actually), Ned Dennehy (Broken, Peaky Blinders, Dickensian), and Ariyon Bakare (The Dark Night, New Blood). Douglas Mackinnon (Knightfall, Dirk Gently, Doctor Who, Outlander, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride), is the director and an executive producer for Good Omens.
Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming war. And…someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
Good Omens is scheduled to launch globally on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories in 2019 including in the UK, where it will also air on BBC Two at a later date.
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