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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' star Ruth Negga cast as female lead in AMC pilot 'Preacher'

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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.