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NM snags ‘Preacher’ as it makes leap from comic to TV series

Dominic Cooper will star in the AMC series, "Preacher." (Courtesy of Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Dominic Cooper will star in the AMC series, “Preacher.” (Courtesy of Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque landed one of the most-buzzed about series and in doing so has put some persistent rumors to rest.

For a few years, there have been ongoing talk about the comic book series, “Preacher,” making its way to the TV screen. Now, AMC and Sony Pictures are producing the pilot to the TV series in New Mexico.

The series is based on the comic book series of the same name. It centers around Jesse Custer, played by Dominic Cooper, who is a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town. He is inhabited by a powerful entity, giving him the ability to make anyone do anything he says.

According the New Mexico Film Office, production will take place in Albuquerque from May through June.

The pilot will be directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who are the duo behind the surprise hit, “This is the End.”

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“Breaking Bad” producer Sam Catlin will be the showrunner.

The production will employ at least 80 New Mexico crew members, 17 New Mexico actors and approximately 380 local New Mexico background talent, the film office released.

Starring alongside Cooper will be Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Elizabeth Perkins, Lucy Griffiths, W. Earl Brown and Ian Coletti.

“Albuquerque welcomes ‘Preacher’ to our city. We support the movie industry, and the movie industry supports our economy; it’s a great thing for everyone,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.

“Preacher” is based on the comic book series of the same name.

"Preacher" is based on the comic book series of the same name.

“Preacher” is based on the comic book series of the same name.

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