When you think of Dominic Cooper in comics you might think of his work as Howard Stark in ‘Captain America: THe First Avenger‘ and ‘Agent Carter but soon he’ll be starring as Jesse Custer in AMC’s ‘Preacher‘! We’ve known that Cooper has been in talks for the role for awhile and thankfully it has finally gone through. He’ll be joining Lucy Griffiths, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, and Ian Colletti who have all already signed on for the series.

Not only do we know that Cooper is in but we’ve been given an extensive casting breakdown of the character which has some new details for those who are not familiar with the controversial comic:

Jesse Custer is a preacher and former outlaw. He’s complex, dark and conflicted. A figure of coiled, dormant abilities both 
moral and physical. The character is the quintessential Man With a Past. Jesse 
returned to his small Texas hometown of Annville a little while back to be a preacher, like his daddy before him — who was killed before his eyes when he was 8. At first blush, Jesse’s pretty much a broken down drunken mess — both as a man and a preacher. He’s trying his best to connect with God and transmit some faith to his troubled congregation but they, in general, have come to not expect that much from him. He’s not the great man, the great preacher his daddy was — or so it would seem. Despite the clerical collar, Jesse’s actually a formidable fighter, a legacy from the violent, mysterious past he’s trying to put behind him. But when he’s pushed to the limit by Donnie Schenck, a Civil War re-enacting redneck wife beater, Jesse loses control and beats Donnie half to death in a vicious, horrific attack. Shaken by his inability to “hear God” and leave behind his darker instincts, Jesse decides to leave the pulpit and town altogether — until a strange, miraculous intervention takes place and Jesse discovers a new purpose and a new power. A power that will shake the world and threaten Heaven itself.

Seth Rogen made the announcement recently on Twitter as follows:

This was a day after he was scouting for new locations for the series:

Will this be the first Church we see on the show where Cooper is actually introduced? Too early too tell but it’s good to hear that the series can finally move forward.


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.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter