AMC’s Preacher has the potential to be a game-changer. The comic book source material is aggressively offensive, and AMC is putting together a killer cast. With leading characters played by Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, and Ruth Negga, it’s obvious that the performers are going to be worthy of the material. Today’s news makes that even clearer.
Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Little Children) has just been announced as one of the series’ main antagonists, Odin Quincannon. In the comics, Quincannon is the ruthless figurehead of a small town. He runs a slaughterhouse business and is very *ahem* invested in its success. It will be very interesting to see if the AMC show goes as far as the comics did with Odin’s… extracurricular activities.
Regardless, having someone like Jackie Earle Haley join the cast really drives home how seriously AMC is taking this property. Though some may scoff at Haley for his involvement in forgettable fare such as the A Nightmare on Elm Street and RoboCop remakes, the guy is unquestionably talented. He is pretty good at playing rough and unlikable characters, so Quincannon fits perfectly into that mold.
It’s been made pretty clear that the AMC show will be deviating quite a bit from the source material, but that just gives the showrunners more room to experiment and surprise the audience. Here’s hoping that they make good use of someone as talented as Jackie Earle Haley. With a character as despicable and gross as Quincannon, it would be an utter shame to waste such a great actor.