Dominic Cooper is Reportedly The Frontrunner for AMC's PREACHER Series
I'm wildly curious about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's upcoming adaptation of the comic book Preacher, because the property has been bouncing around for years and has come close to being made into a movie multiple times in the past decade. It's also my favorite thing I've ever read in any medium, so it'd be fair to say that I'm very much looking forward to seeing how they translate the material for the small screen on AMC.
A big part of that is going to be casting, and The Tracking Board claims that Dominic Cooper (who you probably know as Howard Stark from Captain America and Agent Carter) is the current frontrunner to play Reverend Jesse Custer. Here's the network's description of the show:
’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.”
The tone of this show is going to be insanely difficult to get right, and though I really like everyone involved in the behind the scenes of this iteration, and I'd rather see Preacher done as a show instead of a movie, I'm still not sure that any adaptation at all is going to be able to really do the comic justice. Cooper seems like a solid enough actor, but he's definitely not the first (or even tenth) guy that comes to mind when I think of Jesse Custer, but I learned a long time ago to try to give people the benefit of the doubt when it comes to casting and wait to see if actors surprise us with their performances - more often than not, when we look back at a show or movie, it seems unthinkable that the leads could have been played by anyone else.
What do you think? Is Cooper the right guy for the job?