Benedict Cumberbatch Cast as Satan in Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’, Premiere Date Revealed [TCA 2019]

/Film | 2/13/2019 | Fred Topel
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Amazon presented a panel on their upcoming series Good Omens on the last day of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where they announced the show’s official premiere date. Author and showrunner Neil Gaiman was on the panel with stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant and executive producer and director Douglas Mackinnon, where they revealed that Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in the series opposite Frances McDormand as God. Here are four things we learned about Amazon’s Good Omens.

Good Omens follows the misadventures of an angel and a demon played by Sheen and Tennant who must join forces to try to save the world. Frances McDormand will play God, so Gaiman and Mackinnon built up to their dramatic announcement.

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“In episode 6 there is the appearance of Satan,” Gaiman said. “Frances McDormand is playing God in this. We suddenly realize we have Satan turning up in episode 6 so we needed somebody who could give Frances McDormand a run for her money.”

But the character won’t look like Benedict Cumberbatch. “It’s a giant animated Satan,” Mackinnon said.

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Gaiman continued, “It’s 400 foot high. He turns up and we actually needed a performance that would work. We found a young British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. It is the glorious young Benedict Cumberbatch is our Satan.”

Cumberbatch did voice and performance capture for Smaug in the Hobbit movies, so he’s already been halfway to Satan as it is. After the panel, Gaiman confirmed that Cumberbatch recorded his voiceover in a studio, but animators filmed him to incorporate his performance into the animation. It will sound like Cumberbatch’s voice.

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David Tennant warned viewers that episode three had an especially long cold open before the title sequence even comes on. There’s nothing wrong with your TV set in episode three of Good Omens.

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