“We are not friends,” angel of the Lord Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) tells Crowley (David Tennant), a demon who is very much his friend in the first trailer for Good Omens. Their unlikely bromance sets the tone for Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, a fantastical horror comedy that balances end-of-the-world calamity with a very British warmth.
The somewhat fussy angel and rare book dealer and fast living demon have lived among Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and of each other. So it’s really terrible news for both of them that, if Heaven and Hell have their way, the apocalypse will happen on Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis has risen, tempers are flaring. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ready to ride. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
Gaiman, who is serving as showrunner on the series, comments: “If you are looking for actors to play two of the best-loved characters you and Terry Pratchett ever created, then, if you are very lucky and have been very good, you will get Michael Sheen and David Tennant to bring them to life. The best Welsh actor of his generation gets to be an angel, the best Scottish actor of his, a demon. Terry and I wrote Good Omens (I like to think it’s one of the funniest novels ever written about the end of the world and how we are all going to die) almost 30 years ago. It’s strange that it feels more relevant now than it ever did before. I only wish that Terry could be here to see it come to life with such a fantastic team.”
We, meanwhile, get our first glimpse of it coming to life in the trailer below. The full series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2019, before airing on BBC Two.
Good Omens: New images of Michael Sheen and David Tennant released
5th October 2018
The end of the world is getting nearer, so thank goodness we have Good Omens on the horizon to look forward to – and, to whet the appetite, Amazon has unveiled the first images from the finished product, featuring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
The horror comedy fantasy, which was greenlit in January 2017, is written by Neil Gaiman (American Gods), and based on the well-loved and internationally bestselling novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett and Gaiman.
Sheen stars as the somewhat fussy angel and rare book dealer Aziraphale, and Tennant plays his opposite number, the fast living demon Crowley, both of whom have lived among Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and of each other. So it’s really terrible news for both of them that, if Heaven and Hell have their way, the world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis has risen, tempers are flaring. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ready to ride. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
Sheen says: “I first read Good Omens as a teenager and it’s been one of my favourite 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.”
Tennant adds: “Michael Sheen, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, it’s a dream team and a dream gig. I am very excited that I’ve been asked to be part of this amazing project. Bring on the Apocalypse!”
The pictures also give us a look at Jon Hamm as Archangel Gabriel, in a scene that sees him pretending to purchase a book so he might talk to Aziraphale in private. That clip, along with another featuring the start of Tennant and Sheen’s charming friendship, were presented at an Amazon Prime Video press event this week in London, where Neil Gaiman also announced that he had inked an overall deal with Amazon Studios. You can read more about that here – or read on for the pictures.
Good Omens will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2019, before going on to air on BBC Two.
Amazon unveils first video and poster for Good Omens
21st July 2018
“It’s unlike any TV show I’ve ever been involved in, I can’t wait to see it finished.” That’s David Tennant in the first video released for Amazon Studios’ adaptation of Good Omens.
The best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman tells the story of nothing less than the end of the world. The Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Enter Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon, both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle, and are not actually looking forward to the coming war.
A co-production between Amazon and BBC Two, the series is one of the most anticipated projects of recent years, thanks to an impressive line-up of stars in the cast, from Michael Sheen and David Tennant as Arizaphale and Crowley to Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as the Archangel Gabriel and Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane) as Beelzebub – not to mention Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow) as Madame Tracy, Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Shadwell, Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) as Newt, Adria Arjona (True Detective) as Anathema Device, plus Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman), Daniel Mays (Ashes to Ashes), Sian Brooke (Sherlock), Mireille Enos (World War Z), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation).
Amazon unveiled the video for the series at its San Diego Comic-Con panel, with Gaiman in attendance to talk Good Omens. He also announced that addition of Frances McDormand to the cast as God (alongside Derek Jacobi as Metatron, the Voice of God), and that the series will premiere in 2019. You can read more about the show’s cast here – or read on for the first video from the series, as well as the striking new poster.
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