The march of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens to television screens continues forward, with the latest news being a first look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in costume as Crowley and Aziraphale. The official Terry Pratchett twitter account tweeted out an image of the two earlier today:
Beyond that image, we also know a lot more casting information about the show now. It’s been announced that Jack Whitehall will take on the role of Newt alongside Michael McKean as Sgt. Shadwell. Filling out that corner of the story, Miranda Richardson will play the psychic/courtesan Madame Tracy.
We importantly also know that Adria Arjona will play Anathema Device, the descendant of prophetic witch Agnes Nutter. In less notable parts of the cast, we have Nina Sosanya as Sister Mary Loquacious, Ned Dennehy as Hastur, and Ariyon Bakare as Ligur. No word yet on who will play the Horsemen, Adam, or the rest of Adam’s gang.
What kind of episode do we record after spending forty-five minutes trying to get our cameras to work and failing? Apparently a fairly normal one, albeit an audio only installment. In this, we discuss the Good Omens casting news, the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, and Netflix’s atrocious Death Note adaptation. Then we hit the con scene, where we talk about the Avalon Expo organizer disappearing mid-con and how much fun we had at Geek.kon last weekend.
And yes, we address the Nazi cosplayer and a bunch of other stuff.
We’ve known for a while that Neil Gaiman was adapting his and Terry Pratchett’s amazing novel Good Omens for television. The series eventually landed at Amazon, and is being co-produced by BBC studios. The big news everyone has been waiting on though is who the heck are going to play Aziraphale and Crowley?
Well, thanks to Variety, we now know. According to the publication, Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been respectively cast as the Angel and Demon. Sheen is best known for his roles in the Twilight saga and Masters of Sex, but to me he’ll always be 30 Rock‘s “Wesley Snipes.” David Tennant is, of course, David Tennant.
The casting is pretty ideal (even if Tennant’s a little thin for how I always pictured Crawley). Often I get nervous when my favorite books get adapted for screen, but since Neil Gaiman himself actually wrote the six episodes and is showrunning, I’m pretty confident we’ll get something true to the text at least.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss Pearl Mackie’s casting as the new Doctor Who companion, Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for Television, Syfy has ordered Krypton to pilot, Inhumans is off of Marvel’s schedule, John Macaluso has stepped down as the CEO of Wizard World, and Fox plans on skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
The first Terry Pratchett novel I ever read was also the first Neil Gaiman novel I ever read. It was, of course, Good Omens, and it opened the door to me to two people who would soon become a couple of my favorite authors.
It’s a pretty good book. You should read it.
Neil Gaiman once said that he’d never adapt the book to screen with out Terry Pratchett, but apparently acquiesced when (not long before the late author’s death) Pratchett requested that Gaiman do it. The adaptation is reportedly being scripted as a six episode miniseries, and Gaiman claims to be two thirds of the way through the scripts already.
This isn’t the first time Good Omens has been pushed towards the screen. The first was back in the early 2000s, when Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam was planning to direct a film version. That fell apart post-9/11 though, as he couldn’t get funding together. In 2011, the other Monty Python alum named Terry, Terry Jones, was involved with a television adaptation that fell apart as well. God there are just a bunch of Terrys in this thing.
Hopefully this particular adaptation makes it to screen.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we remember the late Terry Pratchett, dive into Nick and Pher’s weekend at Kitsune Kon, lament CHI-FI’s inability to do PR or communicate, get amazed by the antics of Fantasticon Milwaukee, talk about the No Boys Dorm Kickstarter, entertain the idea of the “Con Man” webseries, and get confused by Mallrats 2 being a thing.
Also, Sony is screwing up the Ghostbusters franchise, big time.
The BBC is reporting that renowned fantasy author Terry Pratchett has passed away, at home, surrounded by family. Pratchett was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2007, and while he had previously advocated for assisted suicide, Pratchett’s representatives say he did not take his own life.
Pratchett’s extensive Discworld series is legendary, having spawned both live action and animated adaptations. He was likely one of the greatest comedic authors of a generation, and I think we’re all sad to see him go.
His death was announced via Pratchett’s twitter account, with a line of dialogue in the style of the personification of Death in the Discworld books: