‘Good Omens’ Finds Its Good, Evil Leads in David Tennant, Michael Sheen

Comedy fantasy series based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is set to debut in 2018

Last Updated: August 14, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Ready to send out the end of the world in style and with humor? The two leads for the “Good Omens” television adaptation have been cast.

David Tennant, best known for “Doctor Who” and “Jessica Jones,” will play Crowley, a demon who was responsible for making Eve eat the apple and is Hell’s representative on Earth. Michael Sheen, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his starring role on Showtime’s “Master of Sex,” will be playing Aziraphale, an angel.

The casting was confirmed by Neil Gaiman, who co-authored the book that the series is based on. The news was first reported by Variety.

The other author, Terry Pratchett, died in 2015 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Gaiman originally wasn’t going to continue working on the adaptation, which, at one point, was conceived as a TV movie. However, he received a posthumous letter from Pratchett urging him to keep going. Gaiman is now also serving as the series’ showrunner and lead writer.

“Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an eleven-year-old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse. It became many people’s favorite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it,” Gaiman said at the time of the series’ announcement.

The 1990 comedic novel, which is set at the end of the world and involves a prophecy, two angels and a mix-up involving the Antichrist, will be adapted into a six-part miniseries set to debut in 2018.

BBC Studios is co-producing the series with Narrativia (the independent company that holds the rights to Pratchett’s works) and The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime Video and the BBC.

One of Gaiman’s other novels, “American Gods,” was also recently given the TV treatment, with an eight-episode first season on Starz. The show is set to return for a Season 2. In addition, “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller and his producing partner Flody Suarez are producing an adaptation of Gaiman’s “Interworld” for Universal Cable Productions.