Actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen have been cast in the lead roles of the television adaptation of the novel, Good Omens. Tennant will play the demon Crowley while Sheen will play the angel Aziraphale as both strive to abort the biblical Apocalypse.
Good Omens was written by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. Published in 1990, the urban fantasy is a comedy about the Biblical End Times with the birth of Satan’s child, the Antichrist. Crowley and Aziraphale, despite being on opposite sides, discover they like things the way they are and set off to ensure things stay that way and thus saving Mankind.
“I first read Good Omens as a teenager and it’s been one of my favorite stories ever since,” Michael Sheen revealed. “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.”
Both actors are well-known to fans of the genre. Tennant was in three seasons of the wildly popular Doctor Who series, where he played the tenth Doctor. He also played the supervillain Kilgrave during the first season of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, which he will return for in the second season. Sheen has starred in Underworld and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, where he played Lucian, and Aro in The Twilight Saga franchise, and more recently on Masters of Sex, to name just a few.
Good Omens was Gaiman’s first novel and was nominated for a World Fantasy award. Omens won’t be his first published work to receive a live adaptation. American Gods, which is arguably Gaiman’s best-selling published work, was adapted to television by Starz. It recently received the green light for a second season.
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