According to ComingSoon, Jon Hamm (Baby Driver, Mad Men) has joined the cast of Amazon's forthcoming Good Omens adaptation, where he'll play the "tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed" Archangel Gabriel.
Based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens is a comedy revolving around the birth of the son of Satan, Armageddon, and the angels and demons who are just trying to make sure it all goes according to plan.
Says Gaiman about Hamm's casting:
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there.
“The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he’s a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.”
And here's a statement from Hamm on landing the gig:
“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago. I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”
The series - a co-production between Amazon Prime Video and BBC Two - arrives in 2019. Hamm's joining a cast that already includes David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, and many more. They've pulled together one helluva team for this, and we can't wait to see what the final product looks like.
Stay tuned for more on Good Omens as we get ever closer to its arrival.