BBC Two has announced that Mad Men actor Jon Hamm will be joining the cast of Good Omens, in the role of the archangel Gabriel – the primary messenger of God. The adaptation is based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett‘s best-selling novel of the same name.
“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago. I thought it 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,” said Emmy and Golden-Globe award-winning actor Jon Hamm.
The six-part television adaptation, which is currently in production, is directed and executive produced by Primetime Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Douglas Mackinnon (Knightfall, Dirk Gently, Doctor Who, Outlander).
In 2002, plans for a Good Omens film adaptation were underway with director Terry Gilliam at the helm, and Johnny Depp and Robin Williams joining, however, the proposed film fell through.
While those of you who have read Gaiman and Pratchett’s novel will recall that Gabriel’s role was minor, Gaiman announced that he will have a much larger part in the adaptation.
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there,” said Gaiman.
“The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: 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. We were even more fortunate that he’s a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.”
In addition to Hamm, David Tennant (Doctor Who) will join the mini-series as Crowley, Jack Whitehall as Newton Pulsifer, and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale.