It’s not too long now until we finally get to see Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s take on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s brilliant Vertigo comic Preacher (May, in fact), and a big piece of casting news has just dropped.
THR reports that Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley has been cast as one of the comics’ nastiest villains: Odin Quincannon. Known as The Meat Man, he’s a bigoted abattoir owner with some unusual tastes…we’ll leave it at that for now.
The site breaks down the character as “is described as a small, decrepit man with the unscrupulous iron will necessary to be the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. The chief employer in town, Odin runs Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old family run cattle slaughterhouse business.”
He’ll get a meaty (sorry) six-episode arc at the end of the show’s first season.
When Elizabeth Perkins was announced as playing a new character Vyla Quincannon, we assumed that some of Odin would be incorporated into her role. However, we’re very excited that this gruesome little man will be brought to life, and by such an awesome actor. Haley’s brilliant turns in Watchmen and Little Children still stand out, and given that he’s been a little unfortunate with some of his genre choices (Robocop and the execrable Nightmare On Elm Street remake), we’re excited to see him sink his teeth into this.
Preacher “evolves around Rev. Jesse Custer (Agent Carter‘s Dominic Cooper), a badass Texas preacher who, after losing his faith, learns that God has left heaven and forsaken his duties. Jesse becomes the only one who is able to track God down and hold him responsible for his abdication. Tulip O’Hare (breakout Ruth Negga), Jesse’s beer-guzzling vampire ex-girlfriend, accompanies him on his quest for answers.”
Preacher begins on AMC in May. No UK broadcaster has been announced. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.