The BBC adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s comic apocalyptic novel is looking better and better as the weeks roll on – and now former Mad Men star Jon Hamm has been added to a cast that is already jam-packed with stars.
Hamm will join a ginger-haired David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Line of Duty’s Daniel Mays and Sherlock’s Sian Brooke in the six-part series – which is being co-produced by Amazon Studios and the BBC – as the archangel Gabriel.
The series will be set in 2018, with an apocalypse looming. It will centre around fussy angel, Aziraphale, and Crowley, a fast-living demon who are both dreading the coming war between the forces of good and evil. Gaiman penned every episode, and will serve as showrunner.
Gabriel had only bit-part role in the original novel, but Gaiman has explained in a statement why he chose to expand upon this in the upcoming series:
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel”, Gaiman said. “There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. 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.”
It sounds like the part Jon Hamm was born to play.
“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago”, Hamm said, in a statement via the BBC. “I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it”.
2019 can’t come soon enough.
Good Omens will be launched by Amazon Prime Video in 2019, and shown at a later date on BBC2