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Dominic Cooper to Star in AMC’s ‘Preacher’

It’s official: Dominic Cooper will star as Jesse Custer in AMC’s pilot “Preacher.”

Seth Rogen, who is one of the exec producers of the project, confirmed the news via Twitter.

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s eponymous ’90s comicbook series, “Preacher” centers around Cooper’s Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven, giving him the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), Custer embarks on a journey to literally track down God. The cast also includes Lucy Griffiths as Emily and Ian Colletti as Eugene Root, aka Arseface.

Production on the pilot begins this summer for series consideration in 2016. “Preacher” hails from Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios and was developed for TV by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. Rogen & Goldberg are producing through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film. Catlin wrote the pilot, with Rogen & Goldberg attached to direct. AMC ordered the pilot for “Preacher” in December.

“Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With ‘Preacher,’ it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comicbook series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s exec VP of original programming, production and digital content. “Add to that the passionate and talented Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, an incredible producing team in Neal Moritz, the Original Film team and our good friends at Sony Pictures Television, and we have everything we need to be very excited to move forward on ‘Preacher.’”

“’Preacher’ has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” Rogen and Goldberg said in December. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols, and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many d— jokes and ruin it.”

Cooper most recently appeared in another comicbook series, “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” after originating the role of Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’ll next be seen on the bigscreen in 2016’s “Warcraft.” He’s repped by CAA and Alex Irwin of Markham, Froggatt & Irwin.

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