AMC gave its upcoming series Preacher prime preview real estate during tonight’s extended episode of The Walking Dead. Preacher was developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who directed the pilot, and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad), who wrote the script and will serve as showrunner. From Sony TV and AMC Studios, series is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic. AMC has said it plans to debut the series midyear 2016.
The show centers on Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to find God — literally. Co-starring are Ian Colletti as Eugene Root aka Arseface, W. Earl Brown as Hugo Root and Lucy Griffiths as Emily.
Rogen and Goldberg have wanted to launch a Preacher adaptation for seven years. The 1995-2000 comic series, from DC’s Vertigo imprint, achieved cult status while creating controversy with its dark, violent content. AMC likely hopes to repeat its success with another edgy comic adaptation, The Walking Dead.