Author Neil Gaiman continues pulling double duty on the set of Amazon's adaptation of of Good Omens. When he's not serving as the series showrunner, he's apparently appointed himself a one-man social media relations representative. Since production began, Gaiman has used his Instagram and Twitter accounts to break news and release first looks at the cast and sets. That practiced continued on Thursday, as Gaiman teased and then released our first look at Jon Hamm's (Mad Men) angel Gabriel:
Based on Neil Gaiman's (American Gods) and the late Terry Pratchett's (Colour of Magic) novel and written by showrunner Gaiman, the six-episode series 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.
The casting of Hamm and the development of Gabriel as a character in the story represents a dramatic change from page to screen, but Gaiman alleviated fans' concerns by explaining that Gabriel is actually in keeping with what he and Pratchett had envisioned for the novel's sequel:
"Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there.
The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn't: he's tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he's a fan of the books and a remarkable actor."
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.
The six-part television adaptation is currently in production and will be released by Amazon Prime Video to Prime Members in over 200 countries in 2019, followed by a run on BBC Two in the UK.