AMC finds its Preacher

Dominic Cooper has been cast in the lead role of AMC’s comic book adaptation Preacher.

Dominic Cooper

Dominic Cooper

He will play Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says.

Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

The cast also includes Lucy Griffiths, who plays Emily, and Ian Colletti, who plays Eugene Root, aka Arseface. Elizabeth Perkins has also been cast as Vyla Quinncannon, a refined but formidable businesswoman who owns the slaughterhouse in Jesse Custer’s hometown of Annville, Texas, and shares a past with Jesse’s father.

The series is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, and was developed for TV by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg.

The pilot will be produced this summer and if greenlit to series, will air in 2016.