Michael Sheen (Masters Of Sex) and David Tennant (Marvel’s Jessica Jones) have been set as the leads in Good Omens, Amazon’s six episode comedy horror series which is being produced in association with the BBC.
Michael Sheen will star as the somewhat fussy angel and rare book dealer Aziraphale, and Tennant will play his opposite number, the fast living demon Crowley, both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and of each other.
Good Omens is based on Terry Pratchett novel and takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. The world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis has risen, tempers are flaring. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ready to ride. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Expect that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
The six episode series is being adapted for television by Neil Gaiman (American Gods), who is also serving as the showrunner. BBC Studios, Narrativa and The Blank Corporation are producing in association with BBC Worldwide. The executive producers are Neil Gaiman and Chris Sussman for BBC Studios; Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown for Narrativia; and Douglas Mackinnon. Sherlock helmer Douglas Mackinnon is attached to direct. Good Omens will launch globally on Amazon Prime Video in 2019. BBC Two will broadcast the series in the UK after it initially streams on Amazon Prime Video UK.
“If you are looking for actors to play two of the best-loved characters you and Terry Pratchett ever created, then, if you are very lucky and have been very good, you will get Michael Sheen and David Tennant to bring them to life”, said Neil Gaiman, Writer, Executive Producer and Showrunner. “The best Welsh actor of his generation gets to be an angel, the best Scottish actor of his, a demon. Terry and I wrote Good Omens (I like to think it’s one of the funniest novels ever written about the end of the world and how we are all going to die) almost 30 years ago. It’s strange that it feels more relevant now than it ever did before. I only wish that Terry could be here to see it come to life with such a fantastic team.”