Nick Offerman joins Jon Hamm, Michael Sheen in Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’

good omens tv series news cast fargo s2e6 nick offerman
Nick Offerman in Fargo Chris Large/FX Networks

After years of stalled attempts at adapting Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens, the pair’s 1990 story about an angel and a demon attempting to prevent the end of the world is finally headed to the screen — and it has one heck of a cast assembled to tell the story.

Joining the star-studded group is Parks and Recreation and Fargo vet Nick Offerman. The actor is taking on the role of the U.S. Ambassador, Variety reports. In the book, his character is the father of Warlock, a boy mistakenly believed to be the Antichrist. It sounds like an awkward position to be in, so perhaps there is no one better than Offerman to bring it to screen. The actor is, as Gaiman pointed out, among the best at deadpan delivery.

“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,” Gaiman told Variety. “Fortunately, Nick is not entirely human.”

For his part, Offerman is as thrilled about his casting as Gaiman is. The actor said he is “still giggling at the luck of it.”

That luck includes getting the chance to work with Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Jon Hamm (Mad MenBaby Driver), whose casting was revealed in October. The Amazon and BBC Two miniseries also star David Tennant (Doctor WhoJessica Jones) and Michael Sheen (Masters of SexThe Special Relationship), who are set to play the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale, respectively.

Gaiman and Pratchett’s tale chronicled the efforts of Crowley and Aziraphale to sabotage the impending apocalypse due to their affinity for life on Earth among humans. After learning of the birth of the Antichrist — the herald of the end of the world — the unlikely partners are determined to prevent the prophecies of the “End Times” from coming true and preserve their comfortable existence on Earth.

The adaptation of Gaiman and Pratt’s novel will unfold over six episodes and is already in production. The series is directed and executive produced by Douglas Mackinnon, who won an Emmy for directing 2016’s Sherlock: The Abominable Bride television movie and also directed episodes of  Doctor Who and Outlander.

The miniseries will premiere on Amazon Prime in 200 countries in 2019, and will later air on BBC Two in the U.K.

Updated on March 7: Added Nick Offerman’s casting. 

Movies & TV

Shazam review: A supersized mash-up of two films that just don’t work together

Warner Bros. Pictures superhero movie Shazam! never quite manages to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, or who it's actually made for, but still offers some entertaining moments.
Movies & TV

The Mandalorian snags Taika Waititi as the voice of a classic Star Wars villain

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Everything we know so far

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders as a backdrop to tell a story set in bohemian Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far.
Movies & TV

Stranger Things season 3 is coming! Here’s everything we know so far

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season, premiering in July 2019.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: Deadwood, John Wick 3, Shazam, and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for John Wick: Chapter 3, Deadwood, Shazam!, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: Cold War, Shoplifters, and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: Cold War follows a tragic romance, The Inventor examines a famous fraud case, and more.
Business

Jordan Peele’s Us knocks off Captain Marvel with record-breaking opening weekend

Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele's horror movie Us crushed early estimates for its opening weekend with a $70.2 million premiere that made it one of the highest-grossing original, live-action movies of all time.
Movies & TV

Apple teases Monday’s big event with an early look into Steve Jobs Theater

Apple is gearing up for a big event on Monday where it's expected to unveil a video-streaming service. But more than 12 hours before it starts, the company has apparently already cranked up the event's livestream ...
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is minutes away: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.
Apple

Apple’s Netflix competitor Apple TV Plus headlines a barrage of new services

Apple's It's Show Time event in Cupertino, California, is officially over, with the tech giant announcing a new video-streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon, a new way to subscribe to paid news outlets, and more.
Movies & TV

Apple TV Plus streaming service recruits Hollywood A-listers to take on Netflix

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing, and now we know where we'll be able to see it. Apple confirmed its new subscription service, Apple TV Plus, and revealed some of the projects it will air.
Home Theater

Apple’s new TV app: All of your shows, on (almost) every device you own

Apple is updating its TV App into a truly cross-platform one-stop shop for all of your movies and TV shows. It will appear on smart TVs and devices from Roku and Amazon, but there are still questions about features and price.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Yesterday’s Apple event was a whiplash-inducing parade of copycat services

Apple showed off a massive barrage of news, streaming, and gaming bundles at its Showtime event aimed at boosting its services and adding more revenue. But while the services are big on celebrities, they appear short on innovation.