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Frances McDormand Will Play God in Good Omens

The Amazon adaptation will feature the Oscar-winner as a deity.


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Here’s a truly good omen: Frances McDormand will play herself in Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s cult classic novel Good Omens. And by “herself,” we do mean the Almighty Lord on High, One True Ruler of the Kingdom f Heaven. Frances McDormand will play God. Which is perfect because she already is God! Sometimes casting is just right.

Good Omens is the story of the end of days, as prophesied by a witch and brought about by the Antichrist, told from the dual perspectives of the demon Crowley, played by David Tennant, and the angel Aziraphale, played by Michael Sheen. The six-part series also stars Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel. (The book is, in this writer’s opinion, very good and funny, and is, in fact, the only time that this writer has enjoyed the work of Mr. Gaiman!)

Gaiman announced the casting at a Comic-Con panel, explaining the unusual way that McDormand occurred to him for the role. “We knew God would be a woman,” he said, per Variety. “We were talking about great American actresses, because we wanted her to have an American voice. And out the blue one day, I got an e-mail from Frances McDormand asking to borrow my house in Scotland.”

He did not elaborate on when or why she wanted the house, or if he let her use it, but we’d assume so. Who denies God a favor?

Deadline further explained that McDormand will narrate the series and may make one on-camera appearance in Eden. But hers will not be the Voice of God. That role, akin in the world of the novel to a press secretary, goes to Derek Jacobi, who plays Metatron, the Voice of God. (The book is fun, I promise.)

Now, back to Gaiman’s claim that God is a woman. Was he just having a feminist moment, or is he dropping a hint that the series will feature a certain new song by the Archangel Ariana Grande? Tune in next year to find out, we guess.

Related: Frances McDormand Got All the Female Oscar Nominees on Their Feet During Her Oscars 2018 Acceptance Speech

Met Gala 2018: All the Headpieces Worn by Celebrities on the Red Carpet, Ranked

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Frances McDormand’s headpiece was both elegant and enigmatic—much like the actress herself.

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Priyanka Chopra smoothly incorporated this stunning gold headpiece into her 2018 Met Gala look.

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Madonna held her veil in place with a crown consisting of gold crosses at the 2018 Met Gala.

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Cara Delevingne didn’t just cover her head—she veiled her entire face.

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A wide brimmed headpiece at the 2018 Met Gala? Must be the Young Pope‘s influence.

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SZA wore an ethereal halo fit for a princess.

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A biblical Nativity scene nestled its way into Sarah Jessica Parker’s gold headpiece.

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Lynda Carter showed up to the 2018 Met Gala looking just like Wonder Woman in a gold crown.

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After the Hedy Lamarr inspired star crown she wore at the 2018 Grammys, Lana Del Rey upped the ante for her 2018 Met Gala look with a couple giant birds.

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Rita Ora’s black spiky floral crown was the perfect gothic accessory for the pop star’s 2018 Met Gala look.

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“Signature bow, but make it… fashion?”

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Rosie Huntington-Whitely took the theme to heart, and wore an actual gold halo.

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Hailee Steinfeld sported a classically simple bejeweled tiara.

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