A major new series is coming to Amazon Prime Video, from the mind of visionary writer Neil Gaiman.
Good Omens is based on the beloved book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman which follows an unlikely duo, a fussy Angel (Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex) and a loose-living Demon (David Tennant, Doctor Who) who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon.
But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.
As we inch nearer to the programme’s launch, find out all you need to know right here.
The official full trailer is unleashed
Soundtracked by Queen's Under Pressure, the first full trailer gives fans the first real flavour of how the books is going to be transformed from print to screen.
With Armageddon just days away, the armies of Heaven and Hell are amassing and The Four Horsemen are ready to ride. Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, agree to join forces to find the missing Anti-Christ and to stop the war that will end everything. Based on the best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens follows an unlikely duo and their quest to save the world.
Second trailer revealed
The latest footage includes David Tennant as the demon Crowley donning the disguise of a nanny to sing a lullaby and also gives viewers a glimpse of Jack Whitehall’s character, apprentice Witchfinder Newt Pulsifer, encountering the strange goings-on ahead of the end of the world.
The teaser concludes with Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) welcoming Crowley to 'The End Times'.
Behind the scenes on Good Omens
Prime Video have released behind-thee-scenes footage of David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and showrunner Neil Gaiman (American Gods) on set. Gaiman describes Good Omens as "quite possibly even madder than you imagine".
The new film also provides a sneak peek of a range of characters for the first time including Anna Maxwell Martin as Beelzebub as well as giving fans a glimpse into some of the special effects used including the M25 turning into a flaming wall around London and the 400-foot-high CGI-animated Satan, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).
When is Good Omens released?
The Prime Original series Good Omens will premiere on 31st May 2019.
First Look Pictures
New pictures were released following the Good Omens session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour event, featuring Tennant and Sheen in character and on set with writers and directors Neil Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon.
Benedict Cumberbatch joins cast
The all-star cast for Good Omens just got a little bigger with the announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Satan in the TV series.
Cumberbatch's demon will star opposite Frances McDormand, who will play God in the show.
The Sherlock joins the previously confirmed cast which includes Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson and comic Jack Whitehall, alongside lead duo Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association Press tour executive producers Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon hoked that they had found a "young British actor" for the role of the Satan.
"He took a lot of work. He was useless at the beginning," teased Mackinnon.
Commenting on the casting, Gaiman added: "We suddenly realised that we have Satan turning up in episode six, and we needed somebody who could actually give Frances McDormand a run for her money."
The Satan character willl be animated.
Brian Cox added to the cast
Neil Gaiman revealed the latest casting addition on his Twitter page, confirming that Brian Cox (Succession), the actor rather than the BBC stargazer, will be voicing 'Death'.
He completes an impressive voice cast trio of Bendict Cumberbatc as Satan and Francis McDormand as God.
Watch the first trailer
Check out the first-look trailer, which features a Queen soundtrack and gives you a flavour for the extraordinary storytelling and the show's two leads - Aziraphale and Crowley.
What is it about?
The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel (Michael Sheen) and a loose-living Demon (David Tennant) who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.
Unlikely friends Aziraphale and Crowley are the stars of the series – one, an angel and rare book dealer known for his fussy nature, the other, a fast-living demon.
The pair have been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown very fond of their existence there, as well as of each other.
But Heaven and Hell have other plans for them, as they’ve decided that the world will end next Saturday, just before dinner, something neither of them is very happy about.
The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis has risen, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ready to ride…but could something halt the destruction?
Someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist, and there’s no way Aziraphale and Crowley are going down (or up) without a fight.
Who are the cast?
Angel Aziraphale is played by Michael Sheen, who has yet again transformed himself for a role, this time with a mop of cherubic blond curls.
Michael is best known for starring in Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon and The Queen.
His co-star is David Tennant, who plays the flame-haired demon Crowley.
David has starred in Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and narrated both Twenty Twelve and W1A.
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) will feature as the voice of God, and Mad Men star Jon Hamm rounds out the cast as the Archangel Gabriel.
Nick Offerman, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Anna Maxwell Martin and Mireille Enos are also in the incredible ensemble.
Doctor Who Easter Eggs
Writer Neil Gaiman and director Douglas Mackinnon are noted Doctor Who fans and have both worked on the show in the past.
Therefore, it won't be a surprise that the casting of David Tennant isn't the only nod to the sci-fi series,
Speaking at SXSW, the Good Omens creators revealed that there are 7 or 8 Easter Eggs relating to Doctor Who in the series.
Gaiman teased fans with the first reference, revealing: "Jack Whitehall plays Newton Pulsifer, and the first time you see him going off to do a job he's about to be fired from, his tie is actually the fourth Doctor's scarf — really small, as a tie."
Will there be a season 2?
Sadly, Gaiman has no plans to expand Good Omens into a larger project on screen, announcing at SXSW that it will definitely conclude with just season 1.
"The lovely thing about Good Omens is it has a beginning, it has a middle, and it has an end," said the writer.
"Season 1 of Good Omens is Good Omens. It’s brilliant. It finishes. You have six episodes, and we’re done. We won’t try to build in all these things to try to let it continue indefinitely.”
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