Joseph Gilgun has been cast in the upcoming AMC adaptation of Preacher, taking on the role of the tough as nails, drunken Irish vampire Cassidy. This will be the third member of the cast to be announced for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s pet project, rounding out the saga’s trio of heroes. From Deadline:
Jesse’s sidekick Cassidy is described as the most wild-ass, bestest “bro” you’d ever want to meet. He may be 100 years dead but no one’s more boisterously alive than Proinsias Cassidy. An incorrigible mischief-maker, Cassidy’s up for anything — joyriding, bungee-jumping, bank robbing, peyote dropping. He’s also a relentless conversationalist with opinions on everything from religion to politics to pop culture to theories on why people are better able to tolerate the odor of their own flatulence…
While he has been steadily working in film in TV in his native England for a decade, Preacher marks only Gilgun’s second U.S. gig — he is co-starring opposite Vin Diesel in the upcoming feature The Last Witch Hunter. Gilgun is repped by UK’s Hamilton Hodell and Peikoff Mahan.
You probably recognize Gilgun from his work on the series Misfits, airing on the E4 network in the UK and streaming on Hulu here in the States. He also had roles in This Is England back in 2006 and the Guy Pierce/ Escape From New York rip-off Lockout.
I’m sold on him as Cassidy and I think the rest of the cast looks great so far. I’m just anxiously awaiting to see who will be playing Herr Starr and The Saint of Killers because I think those are the make or break roles for this series to be a success, at least in my opinion. These are all steps in the right direction, though.