This was the most anticipated event for me at SXSW. Having read the Preacher comics some years ago, I knew that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had been incubating this passion project for a long time.
After watching the pilot, I’m pretty dang excited for this series. The crowd was so pumped at SXSW, I could hear people salivating for more.
For those who don’t know, Preacher is about Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a preacher who has recently returned to his home, a small town in Texas. Jesse struggling with what little faith he has, his inner demons, and darker past. Threaded between Jesse’s story, we are introduced to Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun who seems to embody this character through and through), a harsh/drunken vampire, whose introductory scene almost steals the show with acrobatics and well choreographed fighting on a jetliner. Tulip (Ruth Negga), a take no guff professional criminal, who gets creative with a corn cob while scuffling with a baddie in a car speeding through a cornfield.
Afterwards in attendance for a Q&A was producers/directors, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, cast members Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Sam Catlin (series show runner), and original comic/story writer Garth Ennis. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg discussed how casting was difficult and that they really wanted to get the characters right for the series.
Seth Rogen talked about how meetings for Preacher started back when Superbad was filming and originally HBO was slated to pick it up, but the idea was considered to be too much for the public at the time. Over the years, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg weren’t sure how, or if Preacher would ever make it to the screen due to lack of interest for quite some time. Originally they considered a mini-series or even doing a trilogy film.
Now that television is ready for it, Preacher will join AMC’s impressive catalog in May of this year. I can tell that this is going to blow up, so get your copies of the Preacher comics while you still can.