Benedict Cumberbatch will take a break from his role as Doctor Strange to become the biggest baddie of them all: Satan. As announced at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Good Omens has added the Marvel Cinematic Universe star as Satan himself.
According to Neil Gaiman, the novel's co-writer, Cumberbatch will be unrecognizable in the series, as he has a huge plan for the character of Satan. In Gaiman's own words, Cumberbatch will play “a giant animated Satan. He turns up and we needed a performance that works."
Cumberbatch is no stranger to television, as he stars as Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series Sherlock. He also featured in the Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose last year. Following his critical role in Avengers: Infinity War, he will return as Doctor Strange in Avengers: Endgame.
In addition to the news of Cumberbatch joining the cast, Amazon also released a poster and the series' full opening title sequence. Along with those titles came the news that Good Omens officially has a release date: May 31.
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens tells the story of an angel and demon who set out to stop the apocalypse from taking place. Martin Sheen will play the prim and proper, book-loving angel Aziraphale, while David Tennant plays fun-loving demon Crowley. When the two learn God has kickstarted the apocalypse, they do everything they can to disrupt it, including hiding the Anti-Christ after his birth.
Outside of the two leads, Jon Hamm appears as the Archangel Gabriel, Michael McKean plays Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell, Miranda Richardson portrays a medium named Madame Tracy and Nick Offerman fills the role of a U.S. Ambassador who fathers the Anti-Christ.
Premiering May 31 on Amazon Prime, Good Omens stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Frances McDormand.