Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been named as leads in the Amazon series adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.


The six-episode series will be set in 2018 nearing the apocalypse, while humanity prepares for the final judgement. Fussy angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, however, aren’t too excited about the end of the world, and have difficulty finding the Antichrist. Sheen will play Aziraphale and Tennant will play Crowley.

“I first read Good Omens as a teenager and it’s been one of my favourite stories ever since,” Sheen recalled in a statement. “To be part of the team entrusted with bringing it alive on screen is a bit of a dream come true to be honest. To work alongside Neil, who I think is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, is incredibly exciting. And, just like the rest of the world, I’m a huge fan of David’s so I relish trying to save it with him.”

Sheen recently starred in Showtime drama Masters of Sex, which ended its run in November after four seasons. Tennant is well known for playing the Doctor on Doctor Who for three seasons and nine specials. Good Omens was Gaiman’s first novel. At one point, Terry Gilliam was attached to a film adaptation but it fell through. Gaiman is also responsible for Fox’s Lucifer as well as Starz’s American Gods.

The Amazon show will be co-produced by BBC Studios with Narrativia and the Blank Corporation. Gaiman, Caroline Skinner, and Chris Sussman will executive produce for the BBC while Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown will executive produce for Narrativa. Gaiman wrote all six hour-long episodes of the series.

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