By Matt O'Bryant
With AMC's Preacher series on the horizon its kind of surprising, we are just hearing of this news today. THR is reporting that actor Jackie Earle Haley (Bad News Bears, The Watchmen) has landed the role of a lead villain during season one of the series set to premiere later this year.
Get the details from THR below:
AMC's Preacher adaptation has enlisted Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley to play an iconic character from the graphic novel.
Haley has been tapped for a six-episode arc on the upcoming AMC drama, where he will portray the iconic character of Odin Quincannon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Here's the character description:
“A small, decrepit man with the unscrupulous iron will necessary to be the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. The chief employer in town, Odin runs Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old family run cattle slaughterhouse business."
Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 1990s comic series from DC Comics imprint Vertigo, Preacher revolves around Rev. Jesse Custer (Agent Carter's Dominic Cooper), a badass Texas preacher who, after losing his faith, learns that God has left heaven and forsaken his duties. Jesse becomes the only one who is able to track God down and hold him responsible for his abdication. Tulip O'Hare (breakout Ruth Negga), Jesse's beer-guzzling vampire ex-girlfriend, accompanies him on his quest for answers.
While I'm surprised how late in the game we are getting this news, I'm extremely impressed with this casting. Jackie Earle Haley killed it, as Rorschach in the cult classic big screen adaptation of The Watchmen. So if he brings that same gravitas to this villain role, fans are in for a real treat. Sound off in the comments with your thoughts.
The Preacher Premieres on AMC later this year.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER