We’re edging closer and closer to the premiere of the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett‘s 1990 novel Good Omens, with a larger-than-life casting announcement.
During a San Diego Comic-Con panel (July 20), Gaiman revealed Frances McDormand is set to take on the role of Metatron, the Voice of God. We don’t expect to actually see her on-screen, instead she will be lending her voice to the series.
Gaiman turned to Twitter to write a predictive headline:
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 21, 2018
To clarify, Metatron is not the absolute God, but, instead a sort of representative, with the novel itself clarifying the difference, describing the character as: “The Voice of God. But not the voice of God. An entity in its own right. Rather like a Presidential spokesman.”
Comic-Con audience members had a preview of what to expect, with McDormand coming on the PA system during a panel, advising Gaiman to hold off on showing footage from the series, reminding him, he “can’t argue with God,” reports Deadline.
We’ve known for a while that two Anglo favorites will take the lead, with David Tennant to star as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale. We can also look for John Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel.
Gaiman heeded the Voice of God’s warning, and rather than showing finished footage, he shared some behind the scenes of the series being made. The clip includes an interview with Tennant saying, “It’s sort of unlike any television show I’ve ever been involved in. …I can’t wait to see it finished.”
He also tweeted a teaser poster that declared a very blunt message:
Psst. A little teaser poster. pic.twitter.com/aTDTM8Xo3r
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 20, 2018
Possibly all is not lost, in the six-part series, the demon Crowley (Tennant) and angel Aziraphale (Sheen) put aside their differences to stop the Antichrist Adam (Sam Taylor Buck) and his gang from bringing about the apocalypse.
Good Omens is set to premiere on Amazon Prime in the U.S. and BBC Two in the U.K. in 2019.
McDormand was most recently seen in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, playing a mother whose daughter was tortured and murdered. Her tough as nails character wasn’t content with the authorities’ investigation and took matters into her own hands. She won the 2018 Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
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