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Monday, 2 October 2017

More cast confirmed for 'Good Omens'

BBC Two and Amazon have announced more cast of the upcoming adaptation of Good Omens.  It has been confirmed that Emmy and Golden Globe award winning actor Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver, Bridesmaids) will be joining the cast of Good Omens, in the role of the archangel Gabriel - the primary messenger of God.  The six-part television adaptation by BBC Studios of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is currently in production and will be launched by Amazon Prime Video in 2019, and shown at a later date on BBC Two.

Jon Hamm says: “I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago.  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”

The character of Gabriel has a fleeting role in the original novel but showrunner Neil Gaiman explains why he is being developed in the screenplay:

 “Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So 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.”

The news comes following the confirmation of the castings of Michael Sheen and David Tennant in key roles.



Also confirmed in the cast as the antichrist’s accidental parents are Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Against The Law, Born To Kill) who plays father Arthur Young and Sian Brooke (Sherlock, Doctor Foster) as his mother Deidre Young.

Commenting on his casting, Daniel Mays says: "Beyond overjoyed to be jumping on board Good Omens. It's not everyday you get to play the father of the antichrist! Neil Gaiman's scripts are out of this world and the cast they've assembled are second to none. Can't wait to get cracking!"

Sian Brooke says: “I’m thrilled to be part of this fantastic adaptation of Good Omens and working with such a great team of cast and creatives.  It’s certainly going to be an adventure playing the unknowing mother of the antichrist!”

Other key cast announced include comedian Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Fresh Meat) Miranda Richardson (Blackadder) and  Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)

Whitehall will be playing Newton Pulsifer aka Newt - an unfulfilled wages clerk turned witch-hunter - and McKean will take on the role of Sergeant Shadwell, the leader of the witch-finder army who sends him on his mission. Miranda Richardson will play Madame Tracy, the psychic medium and part-time courtesan who provides a helping hand to the pair as they try to save the world from Armageddon.

Commenting on his casting as Newt, Whitehall says: "I feel extraordinarily privileged to have been asked to play this part and cannot wait to get started."

Good Omens will launch globally on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories in 2019 including in the UK, where it will also air on BBC Two at a later date.

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