AMC’s new series, “Preacher,” which hails from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors), received rave reviews out of the SXSW Film Festival.
Based on the twisted and popular ’90s comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher,” created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God.
Ahead of the World Premiere, AMC provided the first ever looks at Cassidy (Gilgun) and Tulip (Negga), to go along with the initial shot of Jesse Custer (Cooper) lighting up a cigarette.
Now, we have our first shot of Ian Colletti as everyone’s favorite Nirvana fan, Arseface! Eugene Root was a normal teenager, until he decided to take his own life. Unlike his idol, Kurt Cobain, he fails to commit suicide resulting in his deformed look.
Back in January, Rogen explains to the TCA audience that he didn’t want to make the character look exactly like the comic character:
“There had been something online that existed of some test that someone had done that looked exactly like how it looked in the comic, and as soon as I saw that, I knew we should not try to make it look exactly how it looked in the comic, and we should take some license and try to make it something maybe a little more … palatable, I guess might be the word. And we wanted the character to being sympathetic and ultimately, like, someone you really rooted for.”
I never like change, but I’m impressed by the first shot. I think it definitely allows general viewers to still swallow their food, while hardcore fans, like myself, still feel as if the essence of Arseface is still present. Shit, are we really dissecting the look of a character who’s called Arseface?!
Other cast includes W. Earl Brown as ‘Sheriff Hugo Root’, the mean-hearted father of Eugene Root aka Arseface (Ian Colletti), a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him.
Jamie Anne Allman will play Betsy Schenck, a meek wife who appears to suffer beatings by the hand of her husband, Donny. When the Preacher checks up on her, though, she tells a different story. Derek Wilson is Donny Schenck, a Civil War re-enactor and abusive thug who gets into altercations with Jesse Custer but nevertheless shows up to church on Sundays.
A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Jackie Earle Haley was cast as Haley Odin, a member of the local KKK branch and clashes multiple times with Jesse.
Ian Colletti as Arseface