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Amazon’s GOOD OMENS Casts Three Horsemen and Beelzebub

Oh my my…now this is a treat as far as the End Times are concerned. Three of the four Horsemen of the apocalypse have joined the fray on Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett‘s Good Omens—as well as a demon—and, true to form, the series has continued to cast the most pitch-perfect actors for the roles. (Seriously: at this point we’re half-expecting an announcement that Tilda Swinton will join the cast as Death.)

Joining the previously announced cast of David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Adria Arjona, and more are Mireille Enos as War, Yusuf Gatewood as Famine, and Lourdes Faberes as Pollution (since Pestilence is not really a worry anymore—thanks penicillin!). Faberes’ casting as Pollution is a particular departure from the novel, where Pollution was depicted as a sickly man with long white hair and milky-white skin. In the book, War is depicted as a female war correspondent and Famine as a dietician/fast-food tycoon. (According to EW, Enos will be riding a motorcycle, increasing her cool by a billion, give or take.)

Continuing the trend of bucking gender expectations is also Beezlebub, who’ll be portrayed by the impressive and commanding Anna Maxwell Martin, whom you may remember from Bleak House or Death Comes to Pemberley and The Frankenstein Chronicles. 

Not that it’s totally out of the blue. In the book itself, Good Omens makes a point to explicitly state that angels and demons are sexless and though Beez tends to be referred to as a “he,” the text often refers to it as an “it.” So we’re wholly thrilled to see Martin join the fray and mix things up a bit.

Though there’s no word on who will play Death, we’re still, clearly, pulling for the aforementioned Swinton. Because I mean like, why not?

Who would you cast as the final Horseman? Let us know in the comments below!

Image: BBC/Sean Phillips

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