Amazon Prime Video has heard “The Voice of Death” and it sounds like… Brian Cox? With only a day to go before the official trailer for Good Omens – the streaming service’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and the late Terry Pratchett’s (Colour of Magic) 1990 novel – drops, co-author, showrunner, and wearer of many other hats Gaiman took to Twitter to announce the Succession star’s casting.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 5, 2019
Launching on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories on May 31, Good Omens also airs later this year on the U.K.’s BBC Two.
Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies), 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, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley (David Tennant), 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 war. And…someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
Directed and executive produced by Douglas Mackinnon (Sherlock, Doctor Who), the cast of Good Omens includes: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Nick Offerman, Adria Arjona, Nina Sosanya, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Ned Dennehy, Ariyon Bakare, Mireille Enos, Anna Maxwell Martin, Lourdes Faberes, Yusuf Gatewood, Sir Derek Jacobi, and David Morrissey. Frances McDormand and Benedict Cumberbatch are also on board as the voices of God and Satan, respectively.
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 Studios and the BBC. Gaiman, Mackinnon, Caroline Skinner, Chris Sussman, Simon Winstone, and Rob Wilkins as executive producers.