The 1990s comic book series by Garth Ennis, Preacher, is getting the AMC treatment and fanboy executive producers in Seth Rogen and his team, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin. The show will follow Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, better known as Marvel’s young Howard Stark) who is recently out of jail and back in his west Texas hometown to take over preacher duties from his father. As with most comic book antiheroes, Jesse – western name if ever there was one – soon finds himself with some superhuman abilities, courtesy of an entity that is seeking a strong host. Among other things, Jesse can compel people to obey him just by speaking, which sounds like a case that would cause Mulder and Scully to come a-running.
Joining Jesse are ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joe Gilgun; why an Irish vampire is in west Texas remains to be seen) as they fight various forces at work within themselves and in town. Head over to YouTube and watch a short behind-the-scenes video here. Seth Rogen looks so stoked that his enthusiasm is making me want to watch, and I have zero familiarity with Preacher or its cult following.
Preacher is set to debut May 22 on AMC.