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.