It was recently announced that a TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book Good Omens was to be created by Amazon and the BBC. Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been cast as the two main characters and now Mad Men actor Jon Hamm has joined the cast.
Set to play the role of God’s messenger, angel Gabriel, Hamm has stated that he is a fan of the original novel and was eager to be in the television adaptation when he heard it was being created. “I read ‘Good Omens’ almost 20 years ago,” he said. “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.”
As Variety reports, Hamm’s character only has a small role in the book, but Gabriel’s scenes have been beefed up for the show. Speaking of the character of Gabriel, Gaiman said: “He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t,” he said. “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.”
Gaiman is serving as the showrunner for Good Omens and the cast currently includes Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, and Adria Arjona. The show will air first on Amazon Prime, then on BBC 2. It is expected to be released sometime in 2019.