Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ is already the most exciting adaptation of 2018

To call the Good Omens miniseries “long-awaited” would be an understatement. Written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the novel was an immediate hit when it came out in 1990, telling a darkly funny story about the Biblical apocalypse. Since then it’s become a cult classic, viewed as a high point in both authors’ celebrated careers.

After years of rumors about possible movie adaptations, we’re finally getting a BBC/Amazon miniseries. Gaiman will serve as showrunner and write all six episodes, with production kicking off in September 2017.

Good Omens casting

Fans have speculated about a Good Omens adaptation for more than 20 years, so the miniseries could never satisfy everyone’s dream casting choices. That being said, the lead actors are very promising. David Tennant will play the demon Crowley alongside Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, and early rehearsal photos show both actors sporting a new look. Apparently Crowley is a redhead?

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Good Omens (l-r): David Tennant, Amazon Studios head of casting Donna Rosenstein, and Michael Sheen

On Sept. 18, Gaiman posted the first photo of Tennant and Sheen in costume. Crowley sports a rock chic look, while Aziraphale wears a quasi-historical costume.

Screengrab via @neilhimself/Twitter

Amazon kept a lid on casting news until mid-September, when the cast came together for their first script read-through. As of Sept. 15, we know several of the supporting cast members, including the actors playing the witch Anathema Device and the witchfinder Mr. Shadwell.

As many fans hoped, the Good Omens TV cast is more diverse than the book suggests. Anathema will be played by Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona (Emerald City‘s Dorothy Gale), while the secondary character Sister Mary Loquacious will be a familiar face to British viewers: Nina Sosanya. Ned Dennehy and Ariyon Bakare play the Dukes of Hell, Hastur and Ligur, and Better Call Saul‘s Michael McKean is Mr. Shadwell.

Screengrab via BBCPressOffice/Twitter

Miranda Richardson will play the psychic medium Madame Tracy, with British actor/comedian Jack Whitehall as witchfinder Newton Pulsifer.

We’re still waiting on several major casting announcements, including the four children and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Teasing his fans on Twitter, Neil Gaiman posted a blurry photo from the read-through. Can you recognize any actors who haven’t already been identified? (That thing in the foreground is Mr. Shadwell’s gun, by the way.)

Photo via Neil Gaiman/Twitter

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Good Omens trailer

Since the show hasn’t actually started filming yet, we probably won’t see a real trailer until early 2018.

Good Omens release date

Amazon hasn’t confirmed the exact release date, but we can expect Good Omens to arrive in 2018. Since American Gods season 2 hasn’t started filming yet, Good Omens may arrive before Gaiman’s other high-profile show returns.

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