Benedict Cumberbatch will be bringing his devilish good looks to Good Omens, a new TV series about the apocalypse based on the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Cumberbatch will play “a giant animated Satan” who is “400-foot high” in the comedy drama. He joins a cast led by David Tennant and Michael Sheen as an angel and devil who form an unlikely friendship, alongside Mad Men star Jon Hamm as the angel Gabriel, and Oscar-winner Frances McDormand as God.
Gaiman confirmed Cumberbatch’s casting yesterday. “As many of you know, Frances McDormand is playing God in this. And we suddenly realized we have Satan turning up in Episode 6 and we needed somebody who could give Frances McDormand a run for her money,” Gaiman told reporters at a Television Critics Association event.
“We needed a performance that would work, so we found a young British actor who needed a lot of direction,” he joked. “It is the glorious, young Benedict Cumberbatch [who] is our Satan! He’s marvelous.”
The show, an Amazon/BBC co-production, will be available to stream online on Amazon Prime from May 31, and will air on BBC Two later this year.
Gaiman has said making the TV series was a “last request” from his friend and co-author Pratchett, who died in 2015.