Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens” Gets Its Satan In The Shape Of Benedict Cumberbatch

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch”, a fantasy novel released in 1990, is to be adapted into a new TV drama series with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Satan.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch, the recognisable star of Sherlock or Dr Strange, will voice Satan in a new fantasy series called Good Omens. An adaptation by Amazon and the BBC based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel of the same name, Good Omens is due to be released in May.

Joining Benedict in the series are David Tennant and Michael Sheen, who will play a demon and an angel respectively. Frances McDormand will voice God, while Miranda Richardson, Jon Hamm and Jack Whitehall are also going to be part of it.

During a Television Critics Association panel, executive producers Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon announced Cumberbatch’s involvement. They joked around saying that they had found an actor but he “took a lot of work. He was useless at the beginning”. Gaiman also mentioned that they only realised they needed someone to voice Satan in episode six, so they decided to pick someone that would “give Frances McDormand a run for her money”.

Terry Pratchett's Good Omens

Cumberbatch, who recently appeared as Cummings in the Channel 4 drama about the Remain and Leave campaigns that took place during the 2016 Referendum – Brexit: the Uncivil War, will play “a giant, animated Satan” that stands “400 foot high”, as described by Gaiman.

Good Omens is a novel written in collaboration by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, who died in 2015, that was first released in 1990. Since then, a film adaptation was planned for 2002, but for some reason it never went into production. However, after Gaiman received a posthumous letter from Pratchett that urged him to bring the novel to the screen, he started working on the TV adaptation.

The fantasy series Good Omens will debut on Amazon Prime on May 31, releasing all of its six episodes at once. For those without Amazon Prime, the series will be available later in 2019 on BBC Two.

Cristina Diaconu
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