You know her as the “girl in the flower dress” on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD. Actress Ruth Negga is keeping up with the flowery theme with her casting of Tulip O’Hare in AMC‘s adaptation of the comic series Preacher.
Based on the ’90s comic by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, the story revolves around a Texas reverend named Jesse Custer, whose entire congregation is wiped out by a supernatural force known as Genesis that imbues him with power. Negga will play Tulip O’Hare, Custer’s gun-toting ex-girlfriend, who along with a Irish vampire, assist in tracking down God to make him answer for abandoning his heavenly duties.
This is the first cast announcement for the series, which is being developed for television by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
As fans of the comic will obviously point out, the character of Tulip O’Hare is a blonde middle-aged white Southern woman. Ruth Negga is an actress of color. Now race doesn’t typically alter the characters on screen (see Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, Idris Elba as Heimdall). In this case, however, it kind of does. The Tulip character was created to break the stereotype of the typical dumb blonde girl. Preacher in particular holds together so well because of just how it engages with Southern culture. So this is big change to that dynamic.
Negga is a good actress and could bring something special and distinctive. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg obviously saw something else they wouldn’t have cast her.
There’s no word yet on if Negga’s role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would continue if Preacher goes forward as a television series.