For all the supposed ‘unadaptability’ of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s iconic Vertigo comic-book series, Preacher (especially now that it’s, erm, being adapted, courtesy of AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg), one of the big questions was how they would successfully translate the series’ many iconic characters to the screen.
While this has been answered already in one way (a few of the characters are being merged), one individual we’ve been particularly looking forward to is the brilliantly named Arseface. Hideously disfigured during an unsuccessful suicide attempt aimed at emulating his idol, Kurt Cobain, he crosses paths with the central trio of Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Hare and Cassidy on numerous occasions (we won’t reveal exactly how for the benefit of those who haven’t read the comics), but let’s just say that he’s very, very memorable, both for the reasons you would expect and for others.
While the first trailer stopped short of showing us what he looked like, a recently released pic courtesy of AMC has given us our first look at the character in the show, played here by Ian Colletti:
While his appearance has been toned down from his original incarnation (unavoidable, we guess), this is still a pretty impressive likeness. Plus, his face definitely does look like an arse, which is the most important thing, obviously.
In addition to Colletti, the cast also includes Dominic Cooper (Jesse Custer), Ruth Negga (Tulip O’Hare), Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy), W Earl Brown (Hugo Root), Jackie Earle Haley (Odin Quincannon), Tom Brooke (Fiore), Lucy Griffiths (Emily), Derek Wilson (Donnie Schenck) and Anatol Yusef (DeBlanc), with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin on board as writers.
Preacher will air on AMC from 22 May 2016, with a UK air date to follow. For more news about the biggest TV series, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.