After months of anticipation, audiences are finally getting their first official look at AMC’s latest comic book adaptation, Preacher. The trailer debuted during the network’s latest episode of The Walking Dead, and from the looks of it, the show will feature plenty of the dark humor and violence the original comics are famous for.
Preacher, which was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and ran for 66 issues, chronicles the story of Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas preacher who becomes a supernatural creature and develops the ability to command anyone to do anything he wants. Left with this new power, he hits the road to find God, bringing his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy along for the ride. Meanwhile, the Saint of Killers, an immortal killer, trails them on their journey, with his sights set on Jesse.
Seth Rogen and his writing and producing partner, Evan Goldberg, are heading up the adaptation for AMC. The duo will reportedly split directing duties, as well as executive produce via their production banner Point Grey. Meanwhile, Sam Catlin, who previously worked as a writer and producer on Breaking Bad, penned the script for the pilot and will also serve as both the project’s showrunner and a co-executive producer.
The trailer gives audiences their first glimpse at Dominic Cooper as the titular character, who pulls no punches and — as one particular scene makes very clear — isn’t afraid to break a few arms. The clip starts out with a young boy asking Jesse to hurt his father. “People say before you were a preacher, you did things,” the child says ominously.
Jesse, who is no stranger to violence or its aftermath, responds with an equally menacing warning: “Things will escalate, that’s what these things do. Violence makes violence … makes nothing much at all.”
Audiences then get to see exactly what that violence entails, with a montage of brutal fights, fire, and a number of dead and badly injured bodies left in Jesse’s wake. We also catch a glimpse of Tulip, played by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ruth Negga, and the vampire Cassidy, played by Joseph Gilgun. Unfortunately, the clip doesn’t include any peeps at the other fan-favorite character, Arseface, although we know he’ll make an appearance on the show at some point or another.
The trailer does seem to keep in line with the basic of Ennis’s original comic, which is edgy and hyper violent. But Preacher fans shouldn’t expect a completely faithful adaptation of the series. “We are changing the specifics of how the narrative is unfolding,” Rogen told CraveOnline last month. “A lot of the building blocks we are not changing, a lot of characters we’re keeping, but we want to make a show that if you’re a fan of the comic, you don’t know what to expect.”
Whether AMC’s version of Preacher can do justice to the comics its based on remains to be seen. From the looks of the trailer though, the show certainly looks like it’s worth a shot.
Preacher doesn’t have a scheduled premiere date yet, but it’s expected to debut sometime in mid-2016.