“Good Omens” has secured another angel in the fight for humanity’s survival. Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver”) has boarded the Amazon Prime miniseries to play archangel Gabriel, the main messenger of God, in the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel of the same name.
The series, which has already begun production, follows two unlikely friends–Arizaphale the angel and Crowley the demon– on a quest to find the AntiChrist and save the world from the Final Judgement. Michael Sheen (“Passengers”) and David Tennant (“Broadchurch”) star as the odd couple, and have delighted fans with some first looks at their characters on social media. 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”) will also star. A dog named Ollie is set to play the role of Dog.
Hamm told Variety he was excited to play the role after first reading “Good Omens” two decades ago, but thought the story would never see the small screen. The “Mad Men” actor said of the novel and his new role:
I thought [Good Omens] 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.”
Though Gabriel may have been a minor character, Gaiman has expanded his screentime in the upcoming six hour miniseries. Gaiman, who wrote the miniseries and serves as showrunner, says that the archangel is “everything that Aziraphale isn’t, continuing:
“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.”
“Good Omens” hits Amazon Prime Video in 2019, after which it will enjoy a run on BBC Two in the U.K. BBC Studios is producing.