The man behind one of TV’s greatest comedic characters has joined the cast of Amazon’s “Good Omens.” Nick Offerman, who played the carnivorous woodworker and reluctant government employee Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” is set to play the U.S. ambassador and father of the child Warlock in the six-part mini-series, according to Deadline.
The highly anticipated TV adaptation hails from showrunner and author Neil Gaiman, who wrote the original novel of the same name with sci-fi legend Terry Pratchett. The story follows the demon Crowley and angel Arizaphale as they set out on a quest to find the AntiChrist and save the world from the impending Judgement Day; fittingly, the novel takes place in the year 2018, though it was written in 1990. David Tennant (“Broadchurch”) and Michael Sheen (“Passengers”) will play the unlikely allies to humanity, with Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver”), Miranda Richardson (“Churchill”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), Nina Sosanya (“Marcella”), Ned Dennehy (“Peaky Blinders”), Ariyon Bakare (“Rogue One”) and comedian Jack Whitehall also set to star. Production began on the production in London earlier this year, with plans to continue filming into the summer in parts of the U.K. and South Africa.
Offerman was more than happy to join the series, saying:
“If you had told me when I first read Good Omens in the early 90’s that I would one day visit South Africa to giggle with Neil Gaiman at laptop-screened footage of Dr. Who and David Frost dancing because I was assaying a role in the adaptation of said book, I would likely have offered to purchase some of whatever you must be smoking. But here I am, still giggling at the luck of it.”
Gaiman was also thrilled that Offerman has boarded “Good Omens,” lauding the comedian’s dead-pan humor which will come in handy as “[he] has to say a lot of things in “Good Omens” that are humanly impossibly to deliver with a straight face. Fortunately, Nick is not entirely human.”
“Good Omens” hits Amazon Prime Video in 2019 before being broadcast on BBC Two in the U.K. BBC Studios is producing alongside Narrativa and The Blank Corporation. NNC Worldwide is handling international rights.
Offerman is repped by UTA.