By: Adam Basciano
AMC’s “Preacher” adaptation has entered the casting phase, and they have cast someone with experience in the comic book television genre. “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ruth Negga has been cast as the female lead in Preacher, AMC’s drama pilot based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Negga) — Jesse’s former and only true love — and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God. Tulip is described as a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.” I enjoy Ruth Negga on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , so it’s good to see she’ll have a leading role in “Preacher.”
Meanwhile, more villainy seems headed to CBS’ “Supergirl.” “Sources tell io9 that Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist, Extant) will play the DC superhero Vartox in the show.” I’ll admit, I really have no knowledge of who Vartox is. For those in the same position; “In the comic books, he’s as powerful as Superman and can change his appearance at will. He once battled Power Girl in a bid to get her to help him repopulate his planet. However, “The New 52″ has portrayed him as a sports broadcaster.” Given that “Supergirl” is being made by the creative team behind The Flash and Arrow, I have no doubt that they’ll be able to adapt such a lesser known villain in an exciting way.
(Sources: Deadline, io9)