Ruth Negga, who has been seen fairly frequently in a recurring capacity in Marvels ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’ has gotten herself one of the lead roles in the AMC pilot for ‘Preacher’, which is based on the Vertigo comic of the same name.
For those not in the know the comic book series was created by Garth Ennis in the 1990’s and was much talked about at the time. The television adaptation is being headed up by Seth Rogen and Even Goldberg.
The series centres on Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Negga) — Jesse’s former and only true love — and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
Tulip is described as a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation. (Is it just me. Or does she sound like a fun date.)
Negga is the first character cast for this project, which is probably the third or fourth attempt to do an adaptation of ‘Preacher’. A movie version was nixed shortly before this television adaptation was announced.