AMC’s Preacher series has already made some great casting choices with Dominic Cooper as the disillusioned Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as his fierce ex-girlfriend, and Joseph Gilgun as the vampire Cassidy. But Jackie Earle Haley? Always a very welcomed addition. The character he’s playing, though …
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who are adapting Garth Ennis’ Preacher comics for AMC, have talked about making the character Arseface (played by Ian Colletti) more “palatable” for audiences, but I’m curious how that will apply to the character Odin Quincannon. So yes, Jackie Earle Haley has just been cast in a six-episode arc in the role of Odin, who THR describes as,
“A small, decrepit man with the unscrupulous iron will necessary to be the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. The chief employer in town, Odin runs Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old family run cattle slaughterhouse business.”
“In the comics, Odin is a member of the local KKK branch and clashes multiple times with Jesse, with the latter eventually discovering him having sex with a mannequin made out of meat products.“
Look, don’t get the wrong idea — by no means is Preacher sanitized. While at the TCA press tour this past January, critics got a sneak peak at the pilot, and it’s brutal. I mean, seriously violent and brutal. And yet, also quietly contemplative at times. As for Arseface, yes, he is thankfully not quite as grotesque as in the comics (as someone who shot themselves in the face and survived), but seeing how the show deals with Odin and his meat mannequin will be … interesting.
Rogen and Goldberg also spoke recently about the series differing from the graphic novel (with Ennis’ blessing), but that it will still satisfying hardcore fans.
“And for them to be surprised and not know what to expect on a weekly basis. So that was really something that was important to us is to make, again, a good show… I mean, we are fans of the comic. We love the comic, and we are going to make a show we like. So we hope that that translates to people who love the comic as well. But, again, our first and foremost goal is to make a great, entertaining, fun television show that, if you’ve never heard of the comic book, you love. We talked a lot about that.”
Preacher is set to premiere this spring on AMC. Check out a trailer for the series below: