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Casting Call: Preacher

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 Custer

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 O’Hare

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

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.

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4 Non-Superhero Graphic Novels That Must be Adapted Now

1. Y the Last Man

Y the Last Man follows the journey of Yorick and his pet capuchin monkey Ampersand, the last two males on earth after a planet-wide plague killed every other being with a Y chromosome.

The series looks at the frightening possibilities and consequences of half the world dying in one fell swoop. However, despite the grim crux of the plot, Y the Last Man is also extremely funny and smart.

Yorick is a reluctant, wise-cracking hero, kind of in the mold of Han Solo, who throws out enough pop-culture references to make Nick Hornby proud. That, combined with all the action and plot twists on his search for answers, makes this story ideal for the big screen.

Fortunately, it appears as if this movie will be made. Unfortunately, it appears as if it might be made by D.J. Caruso, director of Disturbia, who is “loosely attached.” If he does, he’s probably casting  his boy Shia LaBeouf. Rumor has it he would also cast Alicia Keys as Agent 355.

If there’s one thing this movie doesn’t need, it’s effing Shia LaBeouf. The movie would be better served by a smooth actor who can still do the ole’ wink and nod thing at the camera. Ideally, I would like someone such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt or James McAvoy to star as Yorick.

But I can wish in one hand…

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