Preacher executive producer, Seth Rogen took to Twitter to officially announce that Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter) has been cast as Jesse Custer – series’ lead character.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
The show is based on a Vertigo comic book by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. Here’s a quick description of Custer:
Jesse is a small-town minister who becomes fused with a powerful entity named Genesis, giving him the ability to order people to do whatever he commands. Using this power, he begins a journey of discovery and revenge across America, with the aim of forcing God to answer to His creation for His sins of tyranny.
Jesse is a loyal devotee to the Western film genre (best epitomized by the guiding spirit of John Wayne, whom only Jesse sees). He is also an accomplished fistfighter and a cunning strategist. His tragic flaw perhaps is his strict observance of his code of honor.
Assisting Jesse in his travels is his gun-wielding girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and Proinsias Cassidy, a hard-drinking Irish vampire. Standing in Jesse’s way is a secret religious military organization mysteriously known as The Grail, as well as Jesse’s own twisted family. – wikipedia
Cooper joins other cast members Ruth Negga (Tulip O’Hare), Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy), and Ian Colletti (Arseface).
Preacher, if picked up as a series, will air on AMC.