So it would appear that Amazon has found their two generals for the upcoming war between Good and Evil, as Variety is reporting that Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon) and David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) have been cast as the leads in the streaming service’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s humor-fantasy novel Good Omens.
Originally published in 1990 from HarperTorch written and serving as Gaiman’s first novel, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (full title) was summarized by the publisher as follows:
“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .”
The six one-hour episode series will be set in 2018, with fussy angel Aziraphale (Sheen) and hard-living demon Crowley (Tennant) trying to find The Anti-Christ while actively questioning the logic behind the end of the world. Good Omens will be broadcast on BBC in the UK following its initial exclusive broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.
Sheen was a fan of the novel for years, and spoke to Variety about how honored he feels to be a part of the production:
“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.”
Good Omens is co-produced by BBC Studios with Narrativia (Rhianna Pratchett‘s production company) and the Blank Corporation in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime Video and the BBC. Gaiman, Caroline Skinner, and Chris Sussman are executive producing for BBC Studios, and Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown will executive produce for Narrativia. Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the series and will also serve as series showrunner.