If you’ve been reading my site for any amount of time (which you probably haven’t because you’re not my mom), you might be aware that Hollywood has taken my advice and is finally adapting Preacher. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, longtime fans of the comic, will produce a TV show for AMC.
I gotta say, I’m pretty excited. Per usual, I have some ideas on who I would like to see in the series.
Jesse is the titular preacher, who has been imbued with the voice of God after the Genesis (the unholy result of an affair between an angel and demon) enters him. He needs to have a little swagger and a wry wit. Additionally, he needs to be able to handle himself in a fight.
Basically, Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins have both been playing similar characters to Jesse on the excellent FX show Justified. They have mastered the sly banter between their characters, and Goggins is especially adept at delivering engrossing monologues.
With the show’s end in sight, it’s reasonable to assume either one could be available.
However, I appreciate that AMC might want to go younger with Jesse. I’m a big proponent of Boardwalk Empire and Jack Huston in particular. Combine the swagger of his character from American Hustle and the grit of Harrow from Boardwalk Empire, and you have a pretty decent Jesse Custer.
Tulip is Jesse’s partner in crime, so to speak, and love interest. She’s also a crack shot who often covers Jesse when the two get into trouble. She needs to be able to keep with Jesse and look comfortable handling weapons and action sequences.
I think everyone would love to see Jennifer Lawrence’s take on the character, but, if we’re being realistic, that’s not going to happen. I’m also a big fan of Emma Roberts (especially in American Horror Story: Coven and Scream 4), but she seems a bit young for the role.
I think Katie Sackhoff embodies the character of Tulip. After playing a badass like Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, the role wouldn’t be much of a stretch.
Cassidy is a hard-drinking Irish vampire (yup), who also happens to be friends with Jesse and Tulip. Michael Fassbender would be perfect, but that’s probably not going to happen. I think Ewan McGregor would also be great, but that’s doubtful as well.
Although he might skew a little young, Richard Madden (AKA Robb Starke) has the potential to be great as Cassidy. Recently, he was on the Nerdist podcast and seemed like a genuinely funny, charming dude. It would be nice to see him in something where he doesn’t have to be so serious.
The Saint of Killers
From what I’ve read, a lot of people want to go really obvious with the Saint of Killers. Some suggestions include Clint Eastwood (who’s not even acting anymore), Sam Elliot and Ron Pearlman. I, on the other hand, instinctively thought of Barry Pepper in True Grit.
Also, think about how captivating he was as the righteous sniper in Saving Private Ryan. Now think about him bringing that to the Saint of Killers.
Herr Starr is one of the main antagonists throughout the comic. He really needs to be convincingly ruthless and menacing. I think the obvious choice is Ed Harris, who played a very similar character to great effect in A History of Violence.
Mads Mikkelson also comes to mind, particularly after his turn as Hannibal Lecter.
Another one of Jesse’s enemies and head of “The Grail.” While off-putting in appearance, the Allfather is a shrewd leader who is rarely out foxed when it comes to gathering intelligence.
I imagine there might be some CG involved, seeing as he’s large enough to keep a plane from landing properly in the comic. Based on his performances in Coen Brothers movies and his run on Community, John Goodman would crush this role.
Marie is Jesse’s maternal grandmother and has been manipulating and torturing him from a young age. She needs to personify pure evil. Jessica Lange has shown she has that type of performance in her on the recent season of American Horror Story: Coven. Justified’s Dale Dickey also merits consideration.
However, Jessica Walter might be a good unconventional choice. Most younger people would know her for her comedic work as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development and Mallory Archer on Archer. But, remember, she played the psychotic stalker in Play Misty for Me.
Imagine her channeling the contempt of Lucille and Mallory without the sarcasm. It would be amazing.
Jody is the minion of Jesse’s sadistic grandmother. He spent most of Jesse’s childhood toughning him up–at least that’s how he saw it. He needs to be a really believable son of a bitch.
Kim Coates was a name that stuck out on couple message boards. He’s probably best known for playing Tig on Sons of Anarchy. As the sergeant at arms for the club on Sons, he gets into some messed up stuff. Coates is disturbingly believable as a violent weirdo.
I could also see Norman Reedus in this role, considering his performances in The Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead.
T.C. is another psychopathic minion who occupies his time with abuse against people and farm creature alike.
Clint Howard as T.C. is an easy decision.
Lastly, there’s Arseface, a teenager who tried to go out like Curt Cobain, but only succeeded in horribly disfiguring his face (obviously).
It’s hard to say if AMC will be keen to include this character, but, with what NBC’s Hannibal shows, I guess there’s hope. Others have suggested Paul Dano. I don’t know why, but I have to agree.