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Filming on the AMC pilot Preacher has officially begun, and executive producer and the pilot’s co-director Seth Rogen has given fans their first taste of what to expect from the project. A photo has been uploaded teasing two of the show’s characters in a cool-looking bedroom plastered with posters and other wall decorations. Take a look!
Rogen posted this photo on Twitter on Thursday giving fans the first look of Dominic Cooper as protagonist Jesse Custer speaking with Ian Coletti’s Arseface in a cool-looking bedroom. The lighting in the photo obscures the actors’ features, but you can make out a little bit of their profiles, like Custer’s trademark hairstyle (on the left) and a hint of Arseface’s disfigurement (on the right). The music posters adorning the walls give the room a distinct personality, and the Texas Longhorns pillowcase is also a nice touch, given the project’s setting.
Preacher is an adaptation of the same-named Vertigo comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon, that ran from 1995-2000. The project will follow Custer, a preacher from a small Texas town, who merges with a powerful creature that escaped from heaven, giving him extraordinary powers. With his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and the Irish vampire Cassidy, he will journey to literally find God, who has abandoned Heaven.
While the AMC Custer seems to be mostly similar to the comic book version of the character, this version of Arseface might be taking a few detours from the source material. (Possible spoilers follow.) In the comics, Arseface (whose real name is Eugene Root) is a troubled teenager who tries to kill himself with a shotgun blast to the face to emulate his hero Kurt Cobain, but instead ends up deforming himself. After the incident, he develops a new optimistic outlook on life despite the people in two treating him like a monster. The TV version of the character will reportedly have a similar personality as his comic book counterpart, but it hasn’t been disclosed how this Arseface’s face got disfigured, be it from a shotgun blast or something else. This version of Arseface will apparently also be “troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past,” which he fears may have turned God against him. We’ll have to wait and see what’s in store with the new Arseface and what role he’ll play in this adaptation.
Preacher will be Cooper’s second comic book role, following his portrayal of the young Howard Stark in Marvel projects like Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter. Colette was most recently seen on the short-lived Fox series Rake. In addition to Cooper’s Custer and Colletti’s Arseface, the pilot will star Ruth Negga as O’Hare, Joe Gilgun as Cassidy and W. Earl Brown as Arseface’s father Sheriff Hugo Root. Here's hoping Preacher gets picked up to series soon.