Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s highly anticipated, long-developed Preacher adaptation finally imminent. Based on the beloved graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the series will debut on AMC May 22nd, and for the event of today’s WonderCon panel, the network has rolled out a new promo image. Earlier this month, we got a look at Dominic Cooper‘s Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun‘s Cassidy and Ruth Negga‘s Tulip, but Ian Colletti‘s fan-favorite character, Arseface, was kept under wraps.No more! Here he is, in all his arse-y glory, and noticeably different from his comic book counterpart.
Back in January, Rogen spoke about coming up with the Arseface design at Preacher‘s TCA panel, explaining why he didn’t want to emulate the character’s comic look directly.
“There had been something online that existed of some test that someone had done that looked exactly like how it looked in the comic, and as soon as I saw that, I knew we should not try to make it look exactly how it looked in the comic, and we should take some license and try to make it something maybe a little more … palatable, I guess might be the word. And we wanted the character to being sympathetic and ultimately, like, someone you really rooted for.”
Now, you can finally see what he was talking about. Colletti’s Arseface definitely looks different from his comic origins, but having seen the pilot, I’ve got to say, this design really works. For the same reasons you won’t see Cassidy in his sunglasses throughout the whole series, you need to be able to see Arseface’s eyes. Especially since expression in his lower mouth is all but eliminated. Much like the pilot as a whole, it may not be identical to the source material, but the spirit is spot on, and Colletti will break your heart with Arseface’s beautiful spirit and mangled visage. Get your first taste (just hopefully not of his genuinely repulsive sustenance) in the image below.
Here’s the official Preacher synopsis:
Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between. The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy,Ruth Negga as Tulip, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sherriff Root,Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.
Catch up with all things Preacher here, or check out our most recent coverage in the links below.
- Watch: ‘Preacher’ Goes Behind-the-Scenes With Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
- ‘Preacher': A Solid Pilot but Will It Appeal to Newcomers? | SXSW 2016
- New ‘Preacher’ Images Reveal the Cast of the Highly Anticipated AMC Drama
- AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Series Casts Jackie Earle Haley in Villainous Role
- ‘Preacher’ TV Series Will Be Different from the Comics