Joseph Gilgun Joins Preacher as Cassidy

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s AMC adaptation of Garth Ennis comic classic Preacher is coming together fast, with today bringing the casting of Irish vampire, Cassidy. 

Joining Ruth Negga as Tulip, the old girlfriend of eponymous Jesse Custer, actor Joseph Gilgun will play Cassidy on the upcoming series. Gilgun, if you’re unfamiliar, is a terrific performer who many got to know as Woody in Shane Meadows’ great This is England and subsequent miniseries, This is England ’86 and This is England ’88Preacher will follow Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper is “in conversations for the role”), who embarks on a journey to find God after he’s possessed by the being, Genesis. Deadline reports the casting, and you can find their character description for the role, below.

Jesse’s sidekick Cassidy is described as the most wild-ass, bestest “bro” you’d ever want to meet. He may be 100 years dead but no one’s more boisterously alive than Proinsias Cassidy. An incorrigible mischief-maker, Cassidy’s up for anything — joyriding, bungee-jumping, bank robbing, peyote dropping. He’s also a relentless conversationalist with opinions on everything from religion to politics to pop culture to theories on why people are better able to tolerate the odor of their own flatulence.