Neil Gaiman has good fortune, or maybe omens, to be the showrunner for the Amazon adaptation of his tome Good Omens. Gaiman reflected on gathering the ensemble cast of Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Benedict Cumberbatch, Frances McDormand and David Tennant during an appearance at SXSW.
According to Gaiman, it really wasn't that hard. All it took to convince Mad Men star Hamm was one email. The message said, "I want it to be you and I know that you loved the book because you told me you loved the book.”
Hamm's reply was a concise "yes," even though his character, Archangel Gabriel, is an original for the show with no source material to draw from.
Oscar winner McDormand reached out to Gaiman, also by email, and wound up with the role of God's voice. Gaiman revealed her response when offered the part was jovial and in the affirmative. "She said, ‘Yes, that would impress my family,'” he recalled.
Other than Good Omens, Gaiman has American Gods airing for Starz. The show starring Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle enters its second season Sunday, March 10th.
Good Omens starts streaming on Amazon May 31st. Its cast comprises Hamm as Gabriel, Frances McDormand as God, Doctor Who's David Tennant as the demon Crowley, Michael Sheen as angel Aziraphale and Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, in the ironic role of Satan's voice.