AMC’s Preacher Finds Its Cassidy in Joseph Gilgun

AMC’s “Preacher” series has found its Cassidy as Deadline today reports that Joseph Gilgun (This is England, “Misfits”) is now set to play the Irish vampire in the upcoming television adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Vertigo Comics series. Gilgun joins Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare and Ian Colletti as Arseface with the leading role, that of Reverend Jesse Custer, yet to be confirmed.

“Preacher,” published between 1995 and 2000, tells the story of Custer, a small town Texas preacher who, nearly at his faith’s end, finds himself merged with a supernatural entity, Genesis, birthed from both an angel and a demon. Imbued with the word of God (the ability to make anyone obey his commands), Jesse hits the road, reunited with his ex girlfriend, Tulip, and joined by a rowdy Irish vampire, Cassidy, to track down God himself and force him to explain why he abandoned his duties in Heaven.

A Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production, “Preacher” will be produced by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film. The pilot was written by Sam Catlin and has Rogen and Goldberg attached to direct. “Preacher” is set to shoot this year with an eye toward premiering in 2016.

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