‘Good Omens’ Finds Its Beelzebub and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

Amazon and BBC Two announced the addition of four more cast members to Good Omens, based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett’s best-selling novel. Anna Maxwell Martin (The Frankenstein Chronicles) is set to take on the role of the demon Beelzebub in the six-part series. Mireille Enos (The Catch, The Killing), Lourdes Faberes (Knightfall), and Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) will play the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Enos is playing War, Faberes is Pollution, and Gatewood will be Famine.

The new Good Omens cast members join Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) as Aziraphale, David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who) as Crowley, and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as archangel Gabriel. The cast also includes Adria Arjona (Emerald City), Nina Sosanya (Sister Mary Loquacious), Jack Whitehall (Mother’s Day), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul), Miranda Richardson (Stronger), Ned Dennehy (Versailles), and Ariyon Bakare (Rogue One).

“We already have a stellar cast, and now Anna Maxwell Martin will be the Beelzebub of our dreams. Well, nightmares,” stated showrunner Neil Gaiman. Gaiman also joked that they’re hoping “Death” will be played by Death.

“A script this clever, this smart, this current is very rare. How could I turn down playing one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse??? Especially with the incredible group who’s come together to make it. It’s going to be FUN!” said Enos.

Lourdes Faberes added, “It’s a gift for any actor to read such a brilliant story let alone be chosen to play a part in it! I’m thrilled to be working with this incredible cast and crew, our genius director Douglas Mackinnon and showrunner Neil Gaiman, whose writing I have always been moved by.”

“I’m excited to be playing Famine – one of the Four Horsemen in what promises an apocalyptic adaption of Good Omens!” said Gatewood.

Good Omens is targeting a 2019 premiere on Amazon Prime Video followed by its premiere on BBC Two. The series is executive produced and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Knightfall, Dirk Gently, Outlander, and Doctor Who).

The Plot: Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming war. And…someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.