It’s got a minister with superpowers – a hard-boozing vampire – and it’s the most kickass show of the year.
Preacher’s star Dominic Cooper and creators Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin talk cow’s blood – chainsaw attacks and turning God into a villain.
Seth Rogen knows how to create a smash hit.
‘You just cast British people’ he says.’
‘That’s what you do on TV’.
For Preacher – one of the most anticipated series of the year – he and his comedy partner Evan Goldberg tapped up Dominic Cooper for the title role – Jesse Custer: a small-town minister in Texas who’s trying to live a noble life when a vampire and some gangsters sent by God drop on his doorstep.
Cooper’s not the only one working on his deep-south lilt; Joe Gilgun of This Is England fame plays an Irish vampire named Cassidy who becomes Jesse’s best friend –
English rose Lucy Griffiths plays Emily – the deacon at Jesse’s church and a possible love interest – while Ireland’s Ruth Negga – known for Misfits – is Jesse’s old flame and former partner-in-crime Tulip.
All this is ironic given how profoundly American the adaptation of the classic comic book is – though the comic’s creator Garth Ennis is British too.