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Jennifer Maas
March 18, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Ruth Negga (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been cast as the female lead in AMC’s drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic, EW has confirmed.

A project from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the pilot is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that escaped from heaven. He develops the ability to make anyone do whatever he says. He teams up with his ex-girlfriend and only true love, Tulip (Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy on a journey to literally find God. 

According to Deadline, Tulip is described as “a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.”

Negga is the first actor to be cast in Preacher, from Sony TV and AMC Studios. Rogen and Goldberg will direct the pilot, written by showrunner Sam Catlin.

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