Deadline is reporting that Amazon Studios has cast comedic actor Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, The Founder) in the Good Omens series as American Cultural Attaché Thaddeus J. Dowling, the adoptive father of Warlock Dowling (a.k.a. The Antichrist).
The six-part television adaptation by BBC Studios of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is currently in production in the UK and South Africa to launch globally on Amazon Prime Video in 2019, before also being shown in the UK on BBC Two at a later date.
“There may not be anyone alive who can deadpan a line quite as well as Nick Offerman. He’s a terrific performer, and has to say a lot of things in Good Omens that are humanly impossible to deliver with a straight face. Fortunately, Nick is not entirely human,” said Gaiman.
Offerman added, “If you had told me when I first read ‘Good Omens’ in the early 90’s that I would one day visit South Africa to giggle with Neil Gaiman at laptop-screened footage of Dr. Who and David Frost dancing because I was assaying a role in the adaptation of said book, I would likely have offered to purchase some of whatever you must be smoking. But here I am, still giggling at the luck of it.”
Michael Sheen and David Tennant star as fussy angel and rare book dealer Aziraphale and the fast living demon Crowley, respectively. The cast also includes Jon Hamm, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Adria Arjona, Nina Sosanya, Ned Dennehy, Ariyon Bakare, Mark Gatiss, Derek Jacobi and Miranda Richardson.
Good Omens was commissioned for Amazon Prime Video and for BBC Two by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two; Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning and BBC commissioning editor Gregor Sharp. It is being produced by the comedy team at BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide.