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Amazon nabs David Tennant and Michael Sheen for Neil Gaiman's Good Omens

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Mar 25, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Neil Gaiman's first novel, Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, is coming to Amazon in the form of six one-hour episodes. Now we're learning that two actors known for their nerdy roles will star in the series.

Michael Sheen (Tron: Legacy, the Underworld and Twilight franchises) and David Tennant (Dr. Who) have signed on for the lead roles. Sheen will play Aziraphale, with Tennant playing Crowley.

The screen version of the apocalyptic tale is set in 2018, with the world, according to Variety, "on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon, aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist."

In a statement to the trade, Sheen said, “I first read Good Omens as a teenager, and it’s been one of my favorite stories ever since. To be part of the team entrusted with bringing it alive on screen is a bit of a dream come true, to be honest. To work alongside Neil, who I think is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, is incredibly exciting. And, just like the rest of the world, I’m a huge fan of David’s, so I relish trying to save it with him.”

Good Omens will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and the BBC. Gaiman is among the producers on the BBC side. No word on whether it will be a limited-run series, or whether there is the potential for more seasons.