3:59pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Frances McDormand to Voice God in Amazon's 'Good Omens'
Oscar winner Frances McDormand is taking on her biggest role yet.
Fresh off her Academy Award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand has been cast in the series regular role of the voice of God in Neil Gaiman's forthcoming Amazon scripted drama Good Omens. The news was announced Friday during Amazon's block of programming at San Diego Comic-Con.
Based on Gaiman (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett's (The Colour of Magic) novel, and penned by the comic book favorite, here's how Amazon describes Good Omens: "The end of the world is coming, which means a fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon 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."
Gaiman described the unusual way McDormand was cast: "We knew God had to be a woman. We were talking about great American actresses because we knew [we wanted it] to be an American voice."
Then, out of the blue, McDormand — whom Gaiman had not previously met — emailed him to ask if she might use his house in Scotland. Gaiman agreed, and also asked if she'd be interested in the show.
"That's how Frances got cast: Blackmail," Gaiman said.
David Tennant stars as Crowley, a demon who has lived on Earth since the dawn of creation. Michael Sheen is set as Aziraphale, an angel who has lived on Earth just as long. Together, they serve as representatives of heaven and hell.
McDormand joins a cast that also includes Anna Maxwell Martin as Beelzebub, the leader of the forces of Hell; Jon Hamm as archangel Gabriel, the leader of the forces of Heaven; Mireille Enos as War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; and Nick Offerman as the U.S. Ambassador and father of the child Warlock, among others.
Good Omens is the latest TV foray for McDormand, whose credits also include HBO mini Olive Kitteridge and State of Grace. She's repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion.
Amazon also unveiled a production video offering an inside look at the creation of the series, which is awaiting a premiere date.