Dreamcasting a Few Important Preacher Roles



How do you solve a problem like Preacher? I’ll be damned if I can figure it out, and so far the teasers haven’t clued us in on just how Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will keep their promise to stay true to the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic. Airing the series on AMC presents some clear problems; were Preacher to air on say, HBO, Cinemax or a streaming outlet, they’d be less restrained with some of the comic’s more R to X-rated issues — sex, language, rampant, blatant racism, blasphemy…I don’t think anyone’s terribly worried about the violence. The Walking Dead has played around enough pushing those particular cable limits; we’ve even seen a bare butt or two. But, Preacher goes way beyond nudity (sodomy, sex parties, fetishism); the particulars the comic explores and the buttons pushed are simply beyond what can be openly played out, so either the series goes heavy on intimation and offscreen antics, or we’re in for a very tamed down journey. It’s true, they’ve rounded up a great core crew of actors:  Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, and Ruth Negga as badass, Tulip O’Hare; other standouts include Jackie Earle Haley as “Meatman,” Odin Quinncannon and W. Earl Brown as Hugo Root, but there are a few important characters I haven’t seen mentioned in casting news yet. So, instead of fretting about how things may or may not play out until Preacher‘s May 22nd premiere, why not dreamcast (emphasis on the dream) a few inexplicably unannounced roles? Alluding to a ***Spoilerish*** appearance I’ve read about in pieces from those who’ve seen the pilot — a major film actor appears in cameo — so if my choices seem out of the possible realm — well, maybe they’re not.

Christoph Waltz as Herr Starr



Anna Torv as Sarah Featherstone



Jason Isaacs as Jesus DeSade

Jason Isaacs


Holly Hunter as Christina Custer



Erica Tazel as Cindy Daggett



Clint Eastwood as The Saint of Killers



Jeff Bridges as God


Preacher begins on AMC Sunday, May 22nd.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • Valhallaback Girl

    I can’t, for the life of me, disagree with any of these dream casts. More than anything, I’d like to see Waltz as Herr Starr.

    • He’s one of my favorite characters, so I’m very anxious to see who ends up being cast.

      • Valhallaback Girl

        I cannonballed through Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds. If anyone can handle the role of Herr Starr, it has to be him.

        • C’mon, it’s basically tailor made for him.

          • Frankiethrowup

            He’d be great, but Malkovich was always my pick for Starr.

          • Valhallaback Girl

            Oh shit I didn’t even think about that. It’s weird. I was watching Django Unchained the other day and Waltz and Malkovich share the same speech inflections. Listen carefully, you’ll know what I mean

  • Frankiethrowup

    I wish he wasn’t in Walking Dead so Michael Rooker could play Jody.

    • He’s not — hasn’t been for a long time. That could work!

  • Frankiethrowup

    Eastwood would make a great Saint of Killers, but looking at his politics and the source material he wouldn’t do it in a million years. Just finished Daredevil, and could see Scott Glenn as the Saint. Whoever they cast has to have a voice, though, y’know?

    • You never know.

      Has to have a voice and an aged presence. I really can’t imagine anyone else, but Glenn would be a good second.