‘PREACHER’ on HBO? Possibly

Ran across this little tidbit/rumor this morning – apparently HBO (and possibly the producers behind the The Sopranos) are showing an interest in turning Preacher into a series. Interesting bit of news, we all know that the HBO serial series format lets you tell a great story and not be trapped by the 2 hours of a movie, but as with any of these Hollywood type things, I’ll believe it when I see it.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with it! Cast the Preacher HBO series — who plays Jesse, Cassidy, Tulip and the rest of the characters?

Like Vertigo or not, even I can admit Preacher was a damn fine comic and I’d totally watch this religiously, if done correctly.


  1. I assume they’d use new actors, or at least character actors you’ve only been vaguely aware of. I’d be interested in the casting for Cassidy. That’d be the most fun role to play ever I think.

    Here’s another one, Saint of Killers. Who’s the best?

    I suck at imaginary casting, so does anyone else have any ideas?

  2. The sherriff from Deadwood would probably be pretty good for the Saint of Killers, but I don’t see this getting made.

    There’s just too much dicey content, even for HBO. Color me skeptical.

  3. If anyone says Colin Farrell for Cassidy, I will personally stab them in the face.

    I thought Preacher was being made into a film? i read the script somewhere and it sucked, and I think James Marsden was set to be playing Jesse (terrible casting). Here’s the make-up test for Arseface:


    Anyway, If I had my say I think Robert Downey Jr. would make a good Jesse, and Joey lauren Adams would make a good Tulip. I’m not sure about Cassidy, but as long as it’s not Colin Farrell I’ll be happy.

  4. If anyone says Colin Farrell for Cassidy, I will personally stab them in the face.

    He’d never, ever, ever in a million years do a series.

  5. It’s funny, I don’t like Colin Ferrell, but I don’t think he’d necessarily be bad for it on the surface. I don’t think he’s got the chops to do the whole character though. I was trying to think of other Irish actors (doesn’t have to be irish, but….) and the only other person I can think of is Jonathan Rhys Meyers, or Cillian Murphy, but I don’t think either of them are right.

    I think Timothy Olyphant could actually play Jesse. Isn’t Robert Downey Jr too old?

  6. I don’t think he’s too old, heres a recent pic of him in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:


    I think he looks the part. Just frizz his hair up a bit.

  7. Oooh! Timothy Olyphant as Jesse – good one.

  8. Will I be banned from the site when I admit that I have never read Preacher? It has always been a comic that I was curious about, but never picked up. I have never heard a bad thing said about the series. After listening to the most recent podcast, I think the reasons that I have passed on Preacher are similar to Ron’s reasons for his distaste of Vertigo. Maybe when my trades stack lessens I will pick up a Preacher one.

  9. Ron hates Vertigo but loves Preacher. That should tell you something.

    As for me, about six years ago a guy I worked with lent me the first two trades and I took them home one weekend read them, and immediately ordered all nine trades. The day they arrived… that was a great day.

  10. I took the first three trades out from the library and liked them. They’re not something that I am particularly interested in owning though.

    Ennis is particularly brutal and while it’s a fun read, I don’t think that I would feel comfortable lending them out to my non-comic reading friends.

    But that being said, I’d like to finish reading em. Is the series finished up yet?

  11. Ennis is particularly brutal and while it’s a fun read, I don’t think that I would feel comfortable lending them out to my non-comic reading friends.

    Interesting… more brutal than a movie like Hostel or a TV show like 24? Why wouldn’t you feel comfortable giving it to non-comic readers?

    But that being said, I’d like to finish reading em. Is the series finished up yet?

    From Wikipedia: The series consisted of 75 issues in total — 66 regular monthly issues, five one-shot specials and a four-issue Saint of Killers limited series. The entire run has been collected in nine trade editions. The final monthly issue, number 66, was published in July 2000.

  12. Preacher is one of my wife’s favorite comics she’s ever read. I think you’re off base in your appraisal, in that non-comics readers love this book. This is one of the first books I recommend to non-comics readers, provided they like black humor and all that.

    I didn’t have any money when I wanted to read this either, so I would go to Borders and read it in the store, one trade per week up through about 5 of them.

    Man, I think I want to re-read them now. So good! Wait until you get to book five. It is IMPOSSIBLE to put down. More than Invincible.

  13. Yea. The people that I recommend comics like She-hulk and Runaways. Not really that heavy stuff. I gave one of them the first trade of Transmet as a feeler and they said that it was just gross and there was “nothing redeeming about it.”

    And if they thought that Transmet was gross, I’m pretty sure that someone effing themselves with their own severed penis may not appeal to them.

    Of course, if it was a different audience, I’d recommend Preacher. I liked it, just not enough to buy it. I do plan on reading it all though.

  14. Nothing redeeming in Transmet?! It’s the only redeeming work he’s done!

    I suggest you get new friends. 😉

  15. Have you read Planetary? I think a lot of Warren Ellis’s work is just a vehicle to portray his snarky voice, but I don’t get that vibe from Fell or Planetary.

    But I still think that Desolation Jones is his best stuff.

  16. Desolation Jones is awesome and I always forget about it when the topic of Warren Ellis comes up. Very dark, very intelligent, very good. Planetary is great too.

  17. Planetary would be even better if you could remember what happened from issue to issue!

    In 2000, Josh turned me on to Ellis’ Transmetropolitan, The Authority, andPlanetary. That was a great year and still my favorite Ellis stuff.

  18. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard from anyone who was less than completely floored by Preacher. I’m floored that you’re not floored, Jan.

  19. I like it. Not floored though.

    It’s just… I don’t know. It feels a whole lot like it is looking for shock value. And I know a lot of that can be said about Transmet too.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like it. And I’m going to read it all eventually, but I don’t really care about owning it.

  20. Preacher is one of those books, like Kingdom Come, that I nearly lost it when it was over.

  21. Planetary lost me on the schedule alone.

    I also wasn’t floored by Kingdom Come, but it was one of the first things I read when I came back to comics, so I might have to give it another shot.

    I agree there’s shock value in Preacher, but I think that mostly makes it more fun. It was a great big story, and it was fun, but really skillfully done.

  22. Just in case: When I said “lost it” I meant that I nearly cried when it was over.

    Just in case.

  23. begbie from trainspotting is the perfect cassidy.

    first Preacher volume I ever read was ‘Until the End of the World.’ The ‘All in the Family’ storyline just blew me away. I thought it was some damn good dialogue and perfectly fit for film/tv. When I finally picked up ‘Gone to Texas’ I was really dissapointed with the introduction story. I think a literal adaptation of the introduction story to film/tv would be hard sell and definately would have to be tweaked a little. But overall the series rocked.

  24. I think in 1995 Carlyle could have done it, but he’s too old now. Remember, Cassidy is eternally young.

    Just my opinion. I’m terrible at the casting game.

  25. Ahh scratch that, its just gotta be James McAvoy. Google him up and look.

  26. Let’s move all the Preacher talk here:


  27. Cillian Murphy would do well as Custer, Willem Defoe would make an excellent Cassidy and for some reason I see Kelly Carlson as Tulip. Saint of Killers…..hmmm, possibly Sam Elliot in his heyday