Producer Seth Rogen has confirmed that Dominic Cooper is officially set to star as Jesse Custer in AMC’s pilot for Preacher. It was reported last month that Cooper was the network's top choice to take on the role, and it's awesome to see that everything worked out. I really wanted to see Cooper in the role of Jesse.
The series is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s ‘90s comic book series, and it follows Reverend Jesse Custer, “a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, and has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned his responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making him answer for his dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers —a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.”
The pilot is scheduled to start production this summer, and will most likely be released sometime in 2016. Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to direct.
Cooper most recently appeared in Marvel’s Agent Carter as a young Howard Stark, who was first introduced to us in Captain America: First Avenger. He’ll next be seen on the big screen in Duncan Jones‘ 2016 fantasy epic Warcraft.