If you are in need of some good news today, BBC Two announced that Mad Men actor Jon Hamm is joining David Tennant and Michael Sheen in the upcoming Amazon series Good Omens. Hamm will be playing the Archangel Gabriel, the primary messenger of God.
Good Omens, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Neverwhere) and Terry Pratchett (Discworld Series), takes place in 2018 at the start of the Apocalypse and the coming of the Final Judgment. While the Divine Plan is going off without a hitch, the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and the demon Crowley (David Tennant) are less than enthusiastic about the upcoming war between angels and demons.
“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago,” said Hamm in an interview. “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.”
While Gabriel isn’t a primary character in the novel, he will be getting a much bigger role in the series. According to Deadline, Neil Gaiman explains:
“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.”
The six-part adaptation of Good Omens is currently in production and will be released on Amazon Prime Video in 2019 for Prime members. It will then have a release on BBC Two at a later date.