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Jon Hamm (Mad Men) is set to play the Archangel Gabriel in the forthcoming BBC/Amazon co-production Good Omens, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett‘s 1990 novel, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. 

Gaiman describes his vision of Gabriel and how Hamm already possessed characteristics of the literary character prior to filming: “[Gabriel’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,” reported by the BBC Media Centre when the casting was first announced (Oct. 2).

Gaiman wasn’t wrong! Here’s a look at the actor in character:

The Good Omens co-creator is REALLY confident in this casting, writing in the caption of his tweet, “A thing of beauty, and a joy for ever.” His assurance is quite contagious, actually. We’re feeling this too!

Hamm doesn’t just have the look and talent to pull off the part. He’s also fan of the original book. “I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago,” he recalls. “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.”

Apparently, it is now filmable. Whew!

Gabriel is the leader of the angels, including Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), who’s more of a fussy angel, as mentioned in this earlier Anglo post. Aziraphale teams up with the demon Crowley (Doctor Who‘s David Tennant) to stop the Antichrist Adam and his gang from bringing about the apocalypse.

The six-part TV adaptation will hit screens in 2018, airing on the BBC in the U.K. and Amazon Video in the U.S.

Are you digging Hamm’s grey threads and tan shoes? 

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By Brigid Brown