Back in September, AMC handed out a 10-episode series order for the comic book adaptation Preacher, with executive producer Seth Rogen teasing that the series will debut in May 2016. While he recanted that statement about the premiere date shortly thereafter, the series is set to arrive sometime this year, and today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the series has added Jackie Earle Haley to play a major character from the original comic books, Odin Quincannon. The actor has been set for a six-episode arc in the series.
In the original comic book created by Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon, Odin Quincannon is a member of the local Ku Klux Klan branch, who often clashes with lead character Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper). Jesse eventually discovers that Odin has been having sex with a mannequin made out of meat. In the series, he's described as a small, decrepit man who has become the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. He is the area's primary employer, running Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old slaughterhouse.
Preacher follows the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys - an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers - a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.
The supporting cast includes Jamie Anne Allman as Betsy Schenk, Thomas Barbusca as Chris Schenk, W. Earl Brown as Hugo Root, Ian Colletti as Arseface, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, Lucas Neff as J.J. Quincannon, Elizabeth Perkins as Vyla Quinncannon and Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenk. While the network hasn't confirmed a series premiere date yet, this new report states AMC is eyeing a summer premiere date. The first trailer debuted back in November, during The Walking Dead's midseason finale.
The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for television by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors) and showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad). Jackie Earle Haley most recently starred in the Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation, and the upcoming London Has Fallen, arriving in theaters March 4. What do you think about London Has Fallen playing Odin Quincannon?