The end of the world is starting to get a little more crowded, with Amazon's Good Omens series having found their demon Beelzebub and three of their Four Horseman. Based on Neil Gaiman's (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett's (Colour of Magic) novel and written by showrunner Gaiman, the six-part adaptation introduces us to angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant) as they try to find The Anti-Christ while actively questioning the overall logic behind the end of the world.
Joining Sheen, Tennant and Jon Hamm (Archangel Gabriel) are Anna Maxwell Martin as the demon Beelzebub; Mireille Enos (The Killing) as the redheaded, motorcycle-driving War; Yusuf Gatewood as Famine; and Lourdes Faberes as Pollution. As of this writing, the role of Death has yet to be cast.
Here's what Amazon has to say about their upcoming series:
"Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming war. And… someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist."
As fans of the novel can already tell from the descriptions given, the series has already begun to diverge slightly from the original source material. For example, Faberes' Pollution will clearly not be the sickly-looking man with long white hair and white skin as he's described in the novel. Martin's Beelzebub is referred to as a "he" in the novel; though to be fair, the novel's text refers Beelzebub as an "it" and emphasizes that angels and demons are sexless.
Gaiman wanted fans to know that he's incredibly excited over the news of Martin's casting:
"We already have a stellar cast, and now Anna Maxwell Martin will be the Beelzebub of our dreams. Well, nightmares."
Good Omens is co-produced by BBC Studios with Narrativia (Rhianna Pratchett's production company) and the Blank Corporation in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime and the BBC. Gaiman, Caroline Skinner, and Chris Sussman are executive producing for BBC Studios; and Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown will executive produce for Narrativia.
Good Omens is expected to premiere on Amazon Prime in 2019.