In the midst of its second season, AMC’s Preacher is hotter than ever these days, and now two actors from the show have joined major movies starring A-list actors.
Actress Ruth Negga was destined to be one of the breakouts from the show, because her character Tulip was hugely popular from the comics by Garth Ennis and the late Steve Dillon. It didn’t hurt that she also received an Oscar nomination last year for her role in Jeff Nichols’ Loving.
Now she’s set to join Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in James Gray’s sci-fi epic AD ASTRA during her hiatus from the show. Hailing from New Regency, the adventure film follows Pitt’s character as he travels across the solar system looking for his renegade scientist father (Jones) who has gone missing, but is said to be a dangerous threat to mankind.
Gray co-wrote the script with Ethan Gross (Fringe), and the project reunites Pitt and his Plan B cohorts with New Regency, with whom they previously collaborated on Adam McKay’s The Big Short and Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave. They’ll also team for Black Panther director Ryan Coogler’s upcoming film Wrong Answer.
Meanwhile, Negga’s Preacher co-star Noah Taylor, who plays Adolf Hitler on the show — yes, you read that right… this is based on a Garth Ennis comic, after all — will join Dwayne Johnson in Legendary’s SKYSCRAPER, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence).
It’s hard to know even where to begin in describing a movie that sounds like a cross between The Towering Inferno, Die Hard and The Fugitive, in which Johnson plays a FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader who has been accused of setting one of the tallest buildings in China on fire. Not only does he have to clear his name, but he also has to save his family, who are trapped inside the burning building!
No word on whom Taylor will be playing, but if he’s not on the ground solving the problem, perhaps he’s stuck in the building too. We’ll have to wait until July 2018 to see how The Rock is going to pull this one off.
The movie is produced by Beau Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo, Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions with Thurber. Wendy Jacobson is co-producing with Johnson partners Dany and Hiram Garcia exec producing.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about Negga, while Variety first reported the news about Taylor.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor