After chewing the scenery in Marvel’s Agent Carter as the charismatic billionaire gadabout Howard Stark, actor Dominic Cooper is in high demand. Now, it seems, Cooper may move from one comic book universe to another. According to a report from The Tracking Board, AMC is targeting Cooper as the frontrunner to play Reverend Jesse Custer in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s adaptation of the long-running Vertigo Comics series Preacher.
Though Cooper has yet to receive an official offer, the Tracking Board is reporting that he is the network’s top choice to play the hard-drinking, rough-and-tumble reverend. Imagine if Howard Stark hit rock bottom, moved to Texas, and began half-assing it as a preacher in Texas and you essentially have Jesse Custer.
The pilot, which was ordered back in December, has long been a passion project for Rogen and Goldberg, who have been trying to get an adaptation of the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon comic made for more than half a decade. As we reported previously on Nerdist News, though the pilot has made some changes, it hews very close to the source material and, most importantly, reads very, very well. If the finished product is half as good as the script, then it’ll be must-watch TV. Plus, much like Powers, it could be a welcome breath of fresh air in the modern comic book television landscape.
Here is the official series synopsis from AMC:
“Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, and has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned his responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making him answer for his dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers —a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.”
We will continue to report on this as it develops. Are you a fan of Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer? Who would you like to see play Tulip and Cassidy? Let us know in the comments below or tell me on Twitter (@osteoferocious).