In the 15 years since Preacher ended its vaunted run in Vertigo, there have been numerous (Numerous!) attempts to turn it into a viable movie project. After fits and starts, someone finally had the bright idea to make Preacher for a format that was more likely to appreciate its rich, complex and challenging storytelling, and that’s television. Now being developed for AMC, which has had some success making series based on comic books, Preacher has moved from the theoretical to an actual project that is now casting. Hooray! And just as you thought this day was never going to come, another confounding event has occurred, Preacher has cast Arseface.
Following up on yesterday’s news that Ruth Negga of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been cast as Tulip, the love interest of the title character in the series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Deadline has revealed that young Ian Colletti will play Arseface in adaptation.
Colletti, an 18-year-old actor best known for playing the titular role in Jimmy and for being a part of the main cast of Fox’s Rake, will face the tremendous challenge in his young career in Preacher. In the lore of the original comic book, Arseface is the abused son of a small town sheriff that enters a suicide pack with a friend, both try to kill themselves with a shotgun in the mouth and while his friend is successful, Arseface just ends up heinously deforming himself. Afterward, Arseface tries change his outlook, but after crossing paths with Jesse Custer he’s forced to deal with the reality of his torture and torment at the hands of his father.
Deadline describes the TV Arseface thusly:
“Even with his horribly disfigured face and severe speech impediment, Eugene’s still the nicest kid you’ll ever meet who really looks up to Jesse. Stomach-churningly difficult to look at, Eugene’s the town’s reviled Frankenstein’s monster but that won’t change his earnest, sweet and pure outlook on life. However, he is troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past — something he fears may have turned God himself against him.”
Preacher, which still has a number of important roles to cast including the title character, is expected to air on AMC sometime next year.
Source: Comic Book Movie