Good Omens Casts Dick Whitman as the Archangel Gabriel
Because David Tennant and Michael Sheen weren’t enough, now Jon Hamm has been added to the Good Omens cast.
Good Omens, Amazon Studio’s bid in “the next Game of Thrones” sweepstakes. has upped the ante. It wasn’t enough to have Doctor Who star David Tennant and Master of Sex‘s Michael Sheen as our two major starring roles. They’re also adding Mad Men alumni, since that worked so well for Hulu this year, and have cast, of all people, Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel.
For those who are slightly befuddled by this, as they remember the role of Gabriel being a rather small one in the novel, never fear. As Deadline reports, the role is being “expanded.”
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.
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.
According to Hamm, he absolutely loves the books, but like Game of Thrones, assumed they were “unfilmable.” Then he got scripts, and discovered that apparently “filming the unfilmable” is the tact that Amazon assumes is the right one in order to follow in GoT’s footsteps. Of course he said yes.
Personally, anything that expands the books and gives Amazon the ability to perhaps consider a sequel direction is what fans are hoping for. Currently slated as a six part miniseries, Good Omens is slated for an early 2019 release for Amazon Prime, with a run to then follow on BBC 2.