AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Casts ‘Deadwood’ Alum as Arseface-d Villain
AMC’s Preacher adaptation finally nailed down its main anti-hero in casting Marvel alum Dominic Cooper for the title of Jesse Custer, but all good heroes need a villain or two. Enter Deadwood alum W. Earl Brown, playing town sheriff Hugo Root and a major thorn in Jesse’s side, along with Elizabeth Perkins as a mysterious new figure.
Per Deadline, Brown will play the regular role of Hugo Root, father to Eugene “Arseface” root (Ian Colletti), described as a “flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him.” Additionally, Elizabeth Perkins will play Vyla Quinncannon, a new character sharing a last name name with one of the comic villains, running a local slaughterhouse and sharing a history with Jesse’s father.
Both join a cast that includes True Blood vamp Lucy Griffiths, Misfits star Joseph Gilgun as Irish vampire Cassidy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Ruth Negga in the role of female lead Tulip, along with Cooper in the title role. For those unfamiliar with the 1990s comic series from Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, AMC’s official description of Preacher reads:
Preacher is about 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, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
The original Preacher had itself been optioned for various adaptations many times over the years, while AMC’s incarnation will shoot this summer for a potential 2016 airdate. Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) will serve as executive producer and showrunner for the new series, while fellow producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct the pilot episode, having written the script with Catlin.
It won’t be long before Preacher starts summoning official or set photos, so do W. Earl Brown and Elizabeth Perkins fit the bill as their comic thorns? What other changes might Preacher make to its source material?