7:22am PT by Hilary Lewis
Jon Hamm to Play Archangel Gabriel in Neil Gaiman's Amazon Series 'Good Omens'
Jon Hamm is joining the cast of Amazon and BBC Studios' Good Omens, a six-part TV adaptation of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
The Mad Men alum will play the archangel Gabriel, God's primary messenger, which has a fleeting role in the novel but is being further developed in the TV series, Gaiman, who's serving as showrunner for the in-production project, explained.
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there," Gaiman said in a statement. "The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn't: he's tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he's a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.”
Hamm added in his own statement, "I read Good Omens almost 20 years ago. I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I'd ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”
Good Omens is currently in production and will be released on Amazon Prime Video in 2019 followed by a run on BBC Two in the U.K.
The series is being produced by the comedy team at BBC Studios, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide.
Hamm won an Emmy and two Golden Globes for his role as Don Draper in AMC's Mad Men. Since the acclaimed series wrapped in 2015, Hamm has mostly focused on film, with some guest-starring roles on the small screen, including as cult leader Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. His post-Mad Men film credits include roles in Baby Driver, Marjorie Prime and Keeping Up with the Joneses.