AMC Has Found Its Preacher

Can I get an "amen"? AMC's in-development adaptation of the beloved comic Preacher has cast its lead, booking Dominic Cooper to wear the collar of Rev. Jesse Custer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Marvel fans will surely recognize Cooper, as he played Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger and on Marvel's Agent Carter. The actor's other credits include Need for Speed, Dracula Untold, and Fleming.

Here's a Preacher breakdown for those of you who weren't into the comics: Jesse Custer is a troubled preacher with a taste for the bottle. But after losing his faith, he embarks on a quest to find God, literally, and discovers that the big guy has abandoned his post in heaven. Custer travels around with his girlfriend Tulip and drunken Irish vampire friend Cassidy tagging along, using Custer's strange new power to spread a new word. And the story is actually even weirder than I just made it sound.

AMC ordered a pilot for Preacher in December. The series is being developed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, and already has Lucy Griffiths, Joseph Gilgun, and Ruth Negga in its cast.


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May 14, 2015

I only hope they DO NOT f#¤k this up, of all the comics I've read this one of my lifetime favorites. And for god sake do follow the comic storyline, if you don't read the first line again.

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May 02, 2015
The casting for this show, so far, is fucking horrendous. I had high hopes, but I think its going to be shit.
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May 02, 2015
I'm mostly fine with Dominic Cooper. It's Seth Rogan I have a problem with. Hopefully his input will be at a minimum, or only financial. I'd hate for it to become some comedic schlong fest. I still remember the disastrous Green Hornet, and I've seen This is the End..I also remember his idiotic comments about American Sniper.
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May 13, 2015
Preacher had a strong comedic thread throughout the storyline. Granted, it was a dark, and VERY twisted sort of comedy. Ruth Negga as Tulip is an inspired choice. Cooper and Negga should balance Rogen out quite nicely.
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Apr 29, 2015
I think Dominic Cooper is an ok british actor. Some performance hadn't been great and his american accent isn't the best. He was good when he played the son of sadham. He has the right look for the part hopefully he can work on his american accent.
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Apr 19, 2015
Yeah, I don't see it. Preacher's a hard-boiled badass in a preacher's outfit, and this guy screams "Ryan Seacrest's even-douchier-if-you-can-believe-it cousin from across the pond." I don't know if he's British, but he looks it, like he just broke some guy's neck in TVD. I hope he won't be smirking like that in the show. Ehh, I really don't see it.

Would've made a good Constantine. Or at least as good as the other guy. And Preacher normally kinda looks like Russell Brand, so maybe there's no need to aim too high on looks.
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Apr 19, 2015
The dude from Love Actually is doing a fine job as Rick Grimes, let's try..I don't know..giving actors a chance ??
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Apr 20, 2015
Who said I wasn't giving him a chance?....??....??...??

I just said I didn't see it, and he looks like Ryan Seacrest's even-douchier-if-you-can-believe-it cousin from across the pond. He does, the Rick Grimes guy doesn't. These things will be true whether he turns out great or not. Anyway, I didn't, I don't know, say I wouldn't try it??

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Apr 19, 2015
Hope this doesn't kill Agent Carter...
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Apr 19, 2015
As long as Rogin does not act in it, please!
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Apr 19, 2015
Great casting! Dominic Cooper has the right look! Very excited about this! If you haven't read Preacher, do yourself a favor and do it.. It's fu#&*ng awesome!!!

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Apr 18, 2015
When is someone going to review "Other Space". Great new comedy on Yahoo...
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Apr 18, 2015
Sweet irony. Lovely Lucy Griffiths was canned from Constantine, but gets hired for a similar, but apparently quite better show on cable. I have good feelings about this one.
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Apr 18, 2015
I had forgotten all about Preacher until reading this, and to be honest I can't remember it at all, even after the brief summary, save for the name. I DO remember one cover from the comic, and remember buying it on the strength of the cover. And I also remember liking it quite a lot. What I CAN'T recall is why I never followed up on it. So, I'm happy this is becoming a show, and with the AMC having done a great job on so many shows, I think it'll be a welcome addition to television. Sounds awesome!
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Apr 18, 2015
For the uninitiated (like me) this sounds a bit like Constantine which was such a disappointment on NBC that this can only be better... At least the actor is definitely more versatile so that bodes well and also the fact that it is cable and not network TV... Lucy Griffiths though... She was terrible in True Blood though the show writing was appalling by the time she joined...

I would still check out a few episodes if it makes it pas the pilot phase...
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Apr 18, 2015
I absolutely love the Preacher story and its characters, so I hope this pilot fails miserably and that the show doesn't get made. The ONLY network that might do a good job with Preacher is HBO.

Dominic Cooper is very wrong for this part, so now I feel even more strongly that this shouldn't be made. :(


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Apr 18, 2015
what, no mention of Mamma Mia? :p I haven't really heard of this franchise but I may check it out... but what's the possibly of the Brits actually remaining British on the show?
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Apr 18, 2015
Preacher is a Vertigo(DC) comic NOT Marvel, for those of you that don't know. It never had ANY crossover or connection to the DCU (any of them, lol). It stood quite well on it's own merit.


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Apr 18, 2015
The short -
Angel + Demon love baby is a possible threat to the existence of God, so he is hidden by angels. This involves a disillusioned alcoholic preacher and the process gives him a special power "The Voice" which he can use to command just about anyone to do anything. He goes on a quest to "find God" literally. He takes some ultra-violent friends along including a vampire. They run into a lot of crazy people along the way; monks guarding the last human descendant of Jesus (a babbling inbred idiot) and some truly crazy swamp people. Of course there's the cop's son who pulled a Kurt Cobain but ended up being "arseface" instead of dead. Grammy who is immune to the Voice and causes lots of distress for Jesse and friends. Instead of spoiling the ending let's just say it is one of the most sacrilegious things you may ever see on TV if it get's that far unchanged from the comic series. The comics are admittedly extremely offensive to people of faith; so be warned.
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Apr 19, 2015
Thanks for the short get to the point facts on the show. Sounds good.
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Apr 18, 2015
Looking forward to this. How can you not love a series with a character called "Arseface"?
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Apr 18, 2015
Sounds awesome!
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Apr 18, 2015
I'm so happy, not just are they finally making a live action version of one of my favorate grapic comic book series but their casting an actor I like. Dominic Cooper is perfect for the role, he even physically looks like Jesse Custer. Hopefully this show pans out.
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Apr 18, 2015
Yet another nail in the apparent coffin for a second round of Agent Carter...
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Apr 18, 2015
It will be interesting to see how this performs on cable vs. Constantine's performance on network TV.
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Apr 19, 2015
Cable is steak NBC is hamburger.
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Apr 18, 2015
I dunno, it's starting to look like a comics TV war. Very strange. If even one of the properties were a decent success, then sure, it would make sense. But every one is getting so-so ratings at best. Putting so many out there is likely to turn people off of comic book properties, which could even hurt at the box office. I guess we'll see soon enough.
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Apr 18, 2015
Ok sounds great and I do love the choice in leading man
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Apr 18, 2015
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Apr 18, 2015
This sounds promising b/c I really liked the underrated Constantine and now loathe the overrated Supernatural! Due to the casting choices, Cooper(Stark), and Negga(porcupine psychic ) can I assume this doesn't take place in the MCU? If it does than I hate the casting. Otherwise both are awesome actors IMO. Final thought: I am beginning to fear the MCU is beginning to spread itself too thin. With all the t.v. projects/ movies in the works. I smell another IM2 / Thor 2 debacle around the corner, & don't get me started on how the iffy CW is spreading itself with all the soup opera drama for the spinoff/crossovers of beloved D.C. properties in the works.
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Apr 18, 2015
Preacher has nothing to do with Marvel since Preacher is a DC thing...although, I admit to being surprised that Negga & Cooper would be allowed to play roles in the property of a company that is their direct competition. Seems my assumption that there would be some sort of restriction about that sort of thing in their Marvel contracts is wrong.

::shrug:: : /
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Apr 18, 2015
DC-Vertigo. Nothing to do with DCU at all really.
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Apr 18, 2015
I'm well aware that Vertigo has nothing to do w/ the DCU which is why I referred to DC specifically as a company instead of a universe
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Apr 19, 2015
Ah. so you're just trolling me for sport huh? My fault for taking what you had to say as anything but that.

No matter. The guy I was replying to in the first place understood me just fine without all the comic geek anal retentiveness.

I apologize to the thread for taking what you have to say seriously & I won't take you seriously again
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Apr 19, 2015
And yet, you still misspoke; had you said it was a "DC property", not a "DC thing" you'd have been much better off, but instead have made no effort to point that out, but are rather splitting hairs all your own to draw attention away from that. Let me know when the cows make it in.
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Apr 18, 2015
@ Sanity: Again, you are replying without understanding & splitting hairs over it. The 'problem' is only in your mind. As I said, I wasn't referring to DC as a universe, but as a company...& rest assured, Vertigo is owned by DC, & therefore, all its titles (Preacher included) are "DC things" at the root.

The separation of the DCU & the Vertigoverse is 100% irrelevant within that context

If you want to continue nitpicking on the minutia of comicbook imprints with me on a TV site, I invite you to PM me about it & I'll be happy to overgeek with you about it from there until the cows come home...If not, then you're probably better off simply accepting your misunderstanding & letting it go since there's pretty much nothing you can personally teach me about Vertigo I don't already know.
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Apr 18, 2015
@Marb, the problem is, Preacher had no continuity with other DC or Vertigo. It was its own entity, separate from the rest of either company. Saying "Preacher is a DC thing" is about like saying "The tires you put on your Mazda3 are a Ford Motor Company thing."
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Apr 18, 2015
@sanity: you're not properly grasping what I posted. Again, I was referring to DC as a company. Read my post again instead of reading into it. You know as well as I do that Vertigo is owned by DC & therefore, a DC thing. If I wanted to refer specifically to the DC universe, I would have typed DCU. You are overgeeking for nothing, so relax & stop trying so hard.
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Apr 18, 2015
Wrong again, many characters carried over back and forth between DC and Vertigo stories. Constantine, Swamp Thing, etc....
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Apr 18, 2015
sounds weird. Don't know anything about this comic. still when there's a trailer I'll check it out
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Apr 18, 2015
OOooooo. Not bad, and i'm really hoping for Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy now. With any luck, Lucy Griffiths will actually stick to this project. Also, I can see them avoiding a number of story elements, but I hope they keep Genesis pretty much intact for the story.
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Apr 18, 2015
I assumed Griffiths wasn't the one responsible for her leaving Constantine, but I'm just guessing. I thought they wanted a more age-similar companion for John, much like how the series aged down Anne Marie a few decades.

Kind of odd that Griffiths is going to be in what appears to be Marvel's analogue of the DC property.
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Apr 18, 2015
Preacher is a DC-Vertigo title. Ran through the early 00's, although, unlike other Vertigo titles, it never seemed to have any crossover with the greater DCU, let alone the Vertigo universe of characters and events. (Unless you count a very weird off-story of Hellblazer that came out like the groundwork for Preacher's story basis).
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Apr 18, 2015
Oh, ok. I guess what confused me were the two actors from Marvel productions.
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Apr 18, 2015
That part is very odd. I would have thought they'd be in some kind of binding contract that'd keep them from jumping to other properties and companies like this.
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Apr 18, 2015
This sounds good, except for the part where Seth Rogen is involved. Now that's worrying.
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Apr 17, 2015
Whew, I was worried for a second that they hadn't found a way to work a vampire in there somewhere. Now get to work on the zombie and werewolf sidekicks and you'll really have something.

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Apr 18, 2015
Well, Cassidy is a very important character in the comic, so they needed to have him.
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Apr 17, 2015
Seth Rogen the genius behind Green Hornet behind the camera. And the brilliant Mamma Mia actor Cooper in the lead, hmm call me crazy, but I don't think this will end up beeing the show that replaces Breaking Bad or Mad Men for AMC.
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Apr 18, 2015
And The Walking Dead was just another stupid zombie cash grab made for TV....
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Apr 17, 2015
So is this like Constantine? Because it sounds a little like Constantine. Does that mean that it will be steadfastly mediocre? Should people be concerned about Rogen being behind this, considering what he did to Green Hornet.
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Apr 18, 2015
It's nothing like Constantine. It's the best story I've ever read in comic book form. It's so good that I hope that this project crashes and burns at the pilot stage, like all the attempts to make a Preacher movie.
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Apr 18, 2015
If you were to put it into series, where would your put it? HBO, Cinemax or just leave be. Do you feel that a network like AMC would have to dumb it down too much like TWD or is it just that nothing will live up to the original content.
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Apr 18, 2015
I think it could work on HBO. It might also work on Cinemax, Starz or Netflix, if they would give it a sufficient budget, and if they would be willing to leave the language, the sexual perversions and the story's take on Christianity intact.

I don't know how TWD compares to the source material, but I think AMC will censor the language too much. They wouldn't let Rick Grimes say "They're fucking with the wrong people". They let Walter White say "Fuck you Bogdan. Fuck you AND your eyebrows". But that was an exception. They were constantly monitoring that show to keep them from using "bad" language too often. So I wonder what Herr Starr's explanation of the proper use of quotation marks would look like on AMC.


I believe that Preacher could be a fantastic TV show if done right, but I'm not getting the impression that this will be done right. In particular, Dominic Cooper seems like a bad choice for Jesse Custer.

Some of these characters are so great that I feel that they would be ruined by a mediocre actor. Imagine Game of Thrones with Warwick Davis as Tyrion Lannister. It may not have been a disaster, but it would have been a lot less awesome.

I don't know who I'd cast as Jesse. I think it's very difficult. People on the IMDB page suggested Taylor Kitsch and Lucas Black. I don't know if either of them would be a great choice, but I think they'd both be better than Dominic Cooper. Taylor Kitsch has the looks. Lucas Black has the accent. If was in charge of casting, I think I'd like to see Tom Pelphrey (the new guy on Banshee) try on the white pants and give it a shot.



The roles of Starr and The Saint of Killers are even more difficult to cast. I can only think of one person who would be a good Starr: Christoph Waltz. My second choice would be to wait 15-20 years and then cast either Michael Fassbender or Michael Rosenbaum (if they figure out a way to make Rosenbaum look less nice). The commenters at IMDB mentioned a German actor named Christian Berkel that has the right looks, but I'm not familiar with him.



The Saint of Killers is just too much of a badass to be played by any actor I can think of. Is there a white Danny Trejo out there? I wasn't able to think of anyone better than Jack Welker (Todd's uncle on Breaking Bad). Someone suggested Scott Glenn. Seems like a better choice than most, but no one can really do The Saint of Killers justice.



I'm actually optimistic about their choice for Cassidy. I haven't been able to think of anyone I'd rather see in that role.



Ruth Negga is a weird choice for Tulip (Jesse's very violent girlfriend). I would have gone for an unknown and very thin blonde girl who can play a wide range of emotions, in particular love and anger.



I wonder if AMC will be OK with all the perverts on the show. Herr Starr has some odd sexual habits which are a major part of his character, and then there's Jesus de Sade.


I couldn't find the next picture, but I can assure you that it's awesome.

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Apr 19, 2015
I had read that HBO was completely on board and ready to go forward with the project, until someone read how the story ended, and it was scrapped almost instantly overnight because of said ending. even HBO has a reasonable fear of Christian backlash.
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Apr 18, 2015
I need to correct myself. I didn't remember any boobs from Preacher, but apparently there were some. When I searched for more images, I found a couple of shirtless pictures of Tulip.
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Apr 18, 2015
"I doubt HBO would go for it".

They declined the opportunity a few years ago, when someone wanted to turn each issue of the comic book (66 total) into an episode. I think they were seriously considering it, but eventually decided that the story was too dark and too violent.

I would actually like to tone down the violence a little bit. There are some ultra-violent moments that have to be in there, but I don't see the need to include all of them. For example, there was a serial killer who cut off his victim's face and nailed it back upside down. I didn't really see the point of that. It would be even more disturbing on TV.

But I really don't want them to tone down the perversions or the language, and I think they should add some nudity. I guess that's the one thing that they weren't able to include in the comic book.

I wonder how AMC is going to handle the religion thing. I don't want to spoil too much, so let's just say that God isn't a good guy in this story. That's been done before, e.g. in the Constantine movie, but they're taking it further in this one.
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Apr 18, 2015
Holy crap. If I were into comics I think I would like that. But just your example here I have to agree with you that I don't see how it would work on AMC. Or anything really other than Cinemax or Netflix, because if I were to extrapolate just from this I would think that the darker storyline would be more at home likely in Cinemax. I doubt HBO would go for it.
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Apr 18, 2015
It has a few very vague similarities to Constantine (not to mention they were both running on DC's Vertigo imprint for many years together, but Preacher didn't seem to maintain any continuity with other Vertigo, or even DC stories) But whereas Constantine was all about cheating the devil(s) and avoiding Hell, Preacher is more about the sickening aspects of humanity, and bringing an absent and negligent God to account for it.
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Apr 17, 2015
Looks like a good choice for the character! I'm still worried Preacher will be toned down too much being on AMC, but I'm looking forward to watching it
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Apr 18, 2015
AMC is cable so I'm not worried about the show being toned down so much as it being interfered with. I mean, AMC treats showrunners like they're interns and has a tendency to replace them when they don't agree on something and that's bad for consistency.
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Apr 17, 2015
AMC has had some of the best shows on TV today. Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, etc. so don't worry about network choice.
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Apr 18, 2015
I dunno, you can get away with a LOT of violence and gore, but as soon as you bring up religion you're in for a whole schmidtstorm of complaints, outrage, and sponsor boycots.
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Apr 18, 2015
Yes Preacher is extremely anti-religion and specifically anti-Christianity. Garth Ennis is a hardcore atheist who has expressed hatred toward the Catholic Church, it shows in the Preacher series. If they remove too much of that for TV, then it won't be Preacher at all. We shall see.
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