Dominic Cooper‘s already played one larger than life comic book character, the guy that spawned Tony Stark and raised him, Howard Stark. After appearances in Captain America: The First Avenger and in the Agent Carter TV series, Cooper’s got that role pretty much perfected, and he has to share it with John Slattery, who will play Stark when he appears next in Ant-Man. Don’t weep for Cooper though, he’s an in-demand actor, and he’s being courted – hard – for another major comic book role, the title part in AMC‘s upcoming series Preacher. This has been in the works for a while, but as casting the pilot is almost done, it seems that Cooper is drawing closer to his own deal to play Jesse Custer.
According to TheWrap:
Dominic Cooper is nearing a deal to star in AMC’s “Preacher,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Cooper has not closed a deal yet but that’s expected to be a mere formality, according to insiders.
Custer, a small-town Texas preacher on a mission across America to find God, is the last major piece of casting needed for the series. As previously reported, Ruth Negga has been cast as Custer’s ex-girlfriend Tulip, along with Joseph Gilgun as the vampire Cassidy, Ian Colletti as the sweet but startling Arseface, and the recently announced Lucy Griffiths as Emily, the initial love interest for Custer in the original Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon graphic novel.
Cooper’s casting has always seemed like a forgone conclusion, he’s more or less been the only name associated with the part since it was announced that AMC is moving ahead with the series. As he’s proven again and again, Cooper is certainly a charismatic and talented actor and I think it’s safe to say that he will do well in the part. Still, no matter how enthusiastic Cooper is, and AMC is, about starting work, they’re going to wait till he’s signed on the dotted line to make this thing official.
Preacher, which is bring brought to television by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, should hit TV screens sometime next year.
Source: Coming Soon