The casting of AMC’s ‘Preacher‘ has officially started as Ruth Negga (‘World War Z,’ ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’) has just signed on to take the female lead, Tulip, in the pilot episode. While Negga is the first to officially be cast on the series she isn’t the first Marvel alum that the studio is interested in with rumors having Dominic Cooper from ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘Agent Carter‘ on the short list to play Reverend Jesse Custer. With production for the pilot set to begin this summer we should be hearing quite a bit of casting news popping up for the show in the near future.
In the series we will see Negga playing Tulip who is Custer’s ex-girlfriend. Oh, and to make matters worse, she is also his only true love. She is accompanying him and an Irish vampire to attempt to find God who has gone missing. Tulip is being described as “a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.” Sounds like every preacher’s ex-girlfriend to me!
For those familiar with the comic could you see Negga taking on the role of Tulip? What are your thoughts on this being the second actor that the studio is interested who also works with Marvel? Share your thoughts below!
Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, and has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned his responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making him answer for his dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers —a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.