Even though there are a slew of comic book-based projects either in the works or already on television, the nice thing about the various programs on TV is that all feature very different characters with very different outlooks regarding saving the day. Some of these heroes are cheerier and some are a whole lot darker. And then there’s Preacher, a no-nonsense badass ready to bring a world of pain. You can check out the first full trailer for AMC’s upcoming drama Preacher, below.
The trailer actually starts out a big slower than I expected, with a preacher walking down a lonely road and meeting some people along the way. One of them is a younger boy, who tells Preacher he needs a favor “about his dad.” After asking the man to hurt his abusive parent, the man tells the child that things “will escalate,” and we see exactly how things can and will escalate during the AMC drama’s Season 1 run. But there's ramifications for those escalations, too.
Preacher is based on a popular series of Vertigo comics. On AMC, the drama will follow Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small town preacher who is not on a mission from God, but who is on a mission to find God. He’ll be joined on the journey by his girlfriend, Tulip and his vampire pal Cassidy. Ten episodes are being produced for the first season of the drama.
AMC’s Preacher was in development for a long while, but was only officially picked up to series back in September. With that in mind, it’s completely phenomenal that fans have gotten footage this quickly, and that footage doesn’t disappoint. Of course, Preacher has been in the works for quite a while. Casting for the series, including the lead, female lead Tulip and even Arseface, was done last spring and things have been moving forward for the Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver-produced drama in the time since.
The network has had success with other comic book-turned-TV show series The Walking Dead, so much so that the show has spun off a successful prequel series and a late night talk show related to the drama. Obviously, AMC has a lot of other programs on the air, but the pace and the tone of Preacher makes it seem a bit obvious that AMC is hoping to replicate the success of its original comic book drama with another cool, high-stakes TV show. We’ll let you know how it all turns out.
So far, AMC is still saying Preacher will hit the airwaves in 2016. We’ll let you know as soon as the drama gets an official premiere date.
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