Well, don’t they look like an interesting bunch? That’s the cast of AMC’s latest comic book adaptation, Preacher, which debuts on The Walking Dead network May 22.
The darkly humorous, violent, quirky series, based on the comic book of the same name created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, revolves around small-town preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, sitting front and center on the picnic table in the cast photo). He has returned home to Anneville, Texas in hopes of a more peaceful life, after a past filled with the very opposite of that (read: a violence-filled existence). Jesse, thanks to his bond with a powerful being named Genesis, has the ability to make people do whatever he orders them to do, including doing harm to themselves, and that’s part of his reason for wanting to find God — literally, locate God — to make God answer for what Jesse considers to be his mistakes.
The rest of the cast in the main pic, from left to right, with a description of their characters from the comic book:
Hugo Root (W. Earl Brown): Root’s the nasty local sheriff who, in the comics, has a life-changing encounter with Jesse Custer, leading Root to a shocking act of self-violence.
Eugene Root (Ian Colletti): He’s Sheriff Root’s abused son, and he’s more commonly known by his nickname, “Arseface,” after he was disfigured when he shot himself in the face in an attempt to mimic his idol Kurt Cobain’s suicide.
Emily Woodrow (Lucy Griffiths): She’s sort of the Preacher version of Daryl Dixon, in that Emily is a character created just for the TV series. She’s a single mom who works as a waitress, bookkeeper, and church organist, and she has a bit of a crush on Jesse.
Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga): Jesse’s ex-girlfriend and current love interest, who, raised by her father, has serious gun skills.
Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun): Why’s that dude holding an umbrella? He’s Jesse’s BFF, and he’s a heavy-drinking Irish vampire.
Donny Schenck (Derek Wilson): Donny’s a Civil War re-enactor who learns how much Jesse hates bullies when Jesse finds out Donny beats his wife.
DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef): an angel who’s been tasked with keeping his eye on Genesis, and who will reveal some very key facts about Genesis to Jesse.
Fiore (Tom Brooke): DeBlanc’s partner, also an angel on the Genesis beat.
Preacher, which was published as a comic book series for 75 issues between 1995-2000, was developed as a series by Seth Rogen and his production partner Evan Goldberg, along with Emmy-winning Breaking Bad producer and writer Sam Catlin.
Preacher premieres May 22 at 10 p.m. on AMC.