Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is one of the funniest books on our shelves, with sentences so light and airy they seem to fly off the page. The announcement of a six-episode series, show-run by Gaiman, was some of the best news of 2016. And now the production is in full swing.
Gaiman recently took to Twitter to tease us with an image of Jon Hamm, who will play the archangel Gabriel. But first, the ramp up:
Then finally, the reveal:
There he is, dressed in a pale blue-gray suit and wearing dark contact lenses, looking like he means business. If we're supposed to be intimidated, it's working.
Gabriel never appears in the novel and is only mentioned in passing. As we know from Gaiman himself, the angels had a more bulked-up role in the sequel, which was plotted out yet never completed. And then there was the movie: “Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made,” he previously said.
In other words, Good Omens will have material that comes straight from the quill of Pratchett and Gaiman, circa 1990.
Hamm, who wowed audiences for his portrayal of the ad executive Don Draper in the Emmy-winning series Mad Men, isn't the only celebrated actor on Good Omens. He will be joined by co-stars David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), Michael Sheen (Tron: Legacy, the Twilight series), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Black Adder), and others.
Good Omens will air on Amazon Prime. We'll have to check Agnes Nutter's prophesies about the release date.