The first official look at the angel and demon of upcoming flick “Good Omens” is here! Production has begun on the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s much beloved novel, with the author stopping by the set to see his story come to life. To the delight of his fans, Gaiman tweeted a few behind-the-scenes pics in between takes. For a glimpse at Michael Sheen (“Passengers”) and David Tennant (“Broadchurch”) as Aziraphale and Crowley, look below.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 18, 2017
Gaiman posted the photo with encouraging approval of both actors, and told Deadline:
“People have fallen in love with an angel and a demon in a book by Terry Pratchett and me, and they have been excited and nervous to see how they would appear on screen — and I was probably the most nervous and excited of all… Michael Sheen is the best and finest of bookseller angels, David Tennant the coolest and most delightful of demons. Together they are one hell of a double act (or do I mean one made in Heaven?)”
Sheen and Tennant were announced as the main stars of “Good Omens” just last month, with Pratchett’s former assistant Rob Wilkins revealing Tennant had been on a shortlist of actors Gaiman and Pratchett were considering for the roles several years ago. Pratchett was also a huge fan of Sheen, which bodes well for the casting choices.
The angel and demon form an unlikely alliance as they set out on a quest to save the world from an apocalyptic final judgement. Will they find and stop the Antichrist, or is the odd couple doomed to…well, doom? The TV series will consist of six one hour-long episodes, with Gaiman, Caroline Skinner and Chris Sussman as its showrunners.
According to Deadline, Emmy winner Douglas MacKinnon (“Doctor Who”) has boarded the project as the director and executive producer. Gaiman tweeted a picture of himself and MacKinnon behind the camera, both in the middle of deep conversation.
— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) September 18, 2017
The cast of “Good Omens” also includes comedian Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean (“Better Call Saul”), Miranda Richardson (“Churchill”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), Nina Sosanya (“Marcella”), Ned Dennehy (“Peaky Blinders”) and Ariyon Bakare (“Rogue One”). Even the role of Dog has been cast, and will be played by a dog named Ollie.
The film is being produced by BBC Studios’ comedy team, Narrativa and Blank Corporation. BBC Worldwide is handling the show’s international rights. Narrativa is run by Pratchett’s daughter, Rhianna Pratchett. Her late father, who died in 2015, wrote “Good Omens” with Gaiman and asked him to bring “Good Omens” to TV after his death. The book was Gaiman’s first published novel. In a nod to his writing partner, Gaiman tweeted a picture of himself and Wilkins, who still runs Pratchett’s official Twitter account.
“Good Omens” premieres on Amazon Prime Video in 2019, a year after the book is set. (I mean, 2017 is chaos, so perhaps the book is predicting our near future?) “Good Omens” will also air on BBC Two after its debut on Amazon Prime Video.