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Frances McDormand to play the voice of God in Neil Gaiman's Good Omens – like she damn well should

We always knew God is a woman

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 21 July 2018, 1:45 PM
McDormand is coming to the binge-verse

McDormand is coming to the binge-verse Image: AFP

As natural order would have it, two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand is set to play the voice of God in the upcoming TV series Good Omens, which is based on the 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

The Amazon adaptation, which is set to be a six-part television series, has already cast Jessica Jones star David Tennant as the demon Crowley, Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale and Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel. 

McDormand's casting was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), along with some teaser footage from the show, which might just end being the next American Gods, or even bigger.

“You’ve earned your place in Heaven, I’ll have my people take to your people,” McDormand told the cheering SDCC audiences, according to a Deadline report.

McDormand, who scored the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the indie film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, last year is set to play the role of Metatron, who is described in the novel as "the Voice of God. But not the voice of God. An entity in its own right. Rather like a Presidential spokesman”.

According to a Deadline report, at the SDCC, Gaiman revealed how McDormand's casting came to be. "We knew God had to be a woman. We were talking about great American actresses because we knew (we wanted it) to be an American voice," the writer said.

A few days later, McDormand, whom Gaiman had never met before, emailed him to ask if she could stay at his Scotland residence for a few days. Gaiman agreed, and also asked her if she would like to be a part of the show. 

"That's how Frances got cast: Blackmail," Gaiman joked.

The show, set in 2018, will follow the demon Crowley (Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Sheen), who want to prevent the coming of the Antichrist and the ensuing final battle between heaven and hell.

"The end of the world is coming, which means a fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late," reads Amazon's description of the show.

The late Terry Pratchett reportedly personally requested that Gaiman oversee the production for the show, just before his death from Alzheimer's  in 2015. 

“Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an 11-year old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse,” Gaiman said in a statement recently.

“It became many people’s favourite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it," added the writer.

Good Omens is scheduled to release next year.

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