Benedict Cumberbatch will play the voice of a ‘giant animated Satan’ in the new television adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, which also stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Frances McDormand

Cumberbatch is set to play Satan in the new Amazon and BBC adaptation of the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Good Omens tells the story of angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant) who have lived on Earth since its creation, and must now join forces to stop the apocalypse.

Cumberbatch will face Frances McDormand as God in the series, which also stars Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson and Jack Whitehall.

At the Television Critics Association panel for the series, executive producers Neil Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon announced that they’d identified a young British actor to match McDormand’s acting chops. “He took a lot of work, he was useless at the beginning,” Mackinnon joked.

We’re pretty sure the young chap will be on top form.

Good Omens will debut on Amazon Prime Video on 31 May 2019. For fans of binge-watching, all six episodes are due to drop in one go. The series will then appear on BBC Two later in 2019.

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