Frances McDormand to voice god in Amazon Studios' 'Good Omens', Noomi Rapace to feature in 'Jack Ryan' season 2

Rapace and McDormand will be joining star-studded casts in their respective shows and are both set to play prominent roles.


                            Frances McDormand to voice god in Amazon Studios' 'Good Omens',  Noomi Rapace to feature in 'Jack Ryan' season 2

The panel representing Amazon Studios at the San Diego International Comic-Con had some news for the gathered fans regarding new casting choices for two of its upcoming, highly-awaited shows: 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' and 'Good Omens.' 

Noomi Rapace, best known for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series — 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' 'The Girl Who Played with Fire,' and 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' — will be taking up the role of Harriet 'Harry' Baumann for season 2 of 'Jack Ryan.' The character has been described as "a highly capable, sharply intelligent, and intoxicatingly charming BND agent (Germany's secret intelligence agency) who crosses paths with Jack Ryan in South America."

John Krasinski stars as Jack Ryan in the upcoming Amazon action/thriller series (Source: IMDb)
John Krasinski stars as Jack Ryan in the upcoming Amazon action/thriller series (Source: IMDb)

Said to be a 'reinvention with a modern sensibility of the unexpected Tom Clancy hero,' the series centers on Jack Ryan (John Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into dangerous field assignments for the first time. But as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication, he is launched into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. 

Krasinski becomes the fifth actor to portray the character after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine from the film series and will also serve as executive producer alongside creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, Michael Bay, Morten Tyldum, Mace Neufeld, among others. Cuse and Roland also act as showrunners, with Tyldum credited for directing the pilot. 

'Good Omens,' is the studio's upcoming six-part TV series based on the 1990 novel 'Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It had already been confirmed previously that David Tennant will star as the demon Crowley, Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale trying to prevent the Apocalypse, and Jon Hamm as the archangel Gabriel, the leader of the forces of Heaven.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant in 'Good Omens' (Source: IMDb)
Michael Sheen and David Tennant in 'Good Omens' (Source: IMDb)

The likes of  Anna Maxwell Martin, Josie Lawrence, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson and Nick Offerman have been cast in supporting roles and joining them now will be Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, who will be lending her voice to the series as 'the voice of God.'

An official description for the show reads: "The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late."

The series joked to have been '6,000 years in the making' was also the brainchild of Pratchett and Gaiman. It will be directed by Douglas Mackinnon and written by Gaiman, who will also serve as showrunner. It is produced by BBC Studios, Narrativia, and The Blank Corporation 

It is scheduled to be released as six, one-hour length episodes on Amazon Prime followed by a broadcast on BBC Two in the United Kingdom.