Jon Hamm has officially signed on to the six-part Amazon adaptation of the Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett novel Good Omens. According to the studio (via Coming Soon), Hamm will be taking on the role of Archangel Gabriel.
In the novel, Gabriel has only a small role, but based on the following statement from author an showrunner Neil Gaiman, it souds like that role ill be beefed up substantially.
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there.
“The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he’s a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.”
On taking on the role of Gabriel, John Hamm said:
“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago. I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”
Good Omens is set to hit Amazon Prime in 2019. In the UK, that release will be followed by a run on BBC Two. No word on when it’s set to air specifically, but given that the scripts are done, it may be good to shoot early to mid next year, meaning that a spring or summer release for the series could be possible.
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SOURCE: Coming Soon