A super speeding comet blasts out of a worm hole deep in space and whizzes its way, quite quirkly, across the galaxy, straight for earth. Once in sight, it ploughs through the outer atmosphere, and get this, lands in the skies above Nairobi, shooting straight for a church in a slum on the outskirts of the city where it takes on a translucent shape and possesses a preacher.
This is of course the opening scene of American TV network AMC‘s new hit series ‘Preacher‘, which is based on the 1996 to 2001 cult comics by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon about a preacher, Jesse Custer (played by Dominic Cooper in the TV adaptation) who is possessed by a force called Genesis, which is a product of the coupling of an angel and demon, and goes around discovering his new powers as he traverses Texas and the mid-West of the United States.
Back to the preacher in the opening scene in ‘Africa’, and its played by none other than Nairobi’s own Irungu Mutu, an Acting Major who was born in the country but went to study Acting at the University of California, San Diego. Now living and primarily earning a living in New York, Mutu was spotted sometime back at the heart of Nairobi, shooting for the series that’s arguably the AMC’s biggest summer release for 2016.
Mutu has also starred in the 2014 TV series ‘The Blacklist‘ where he took on the role of an Administrative Assistant. He’s also featured in ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ and is in the process of shooting for two roles in ‘Oxalis’ and a drama, ‘Bikini’ which is in post-production and tells the story of a documentary film maker and his girlfriend who take in a charismatic but troubled young woman who turns their lives upside down.
The ‘Preacher’ pilot was written by Seth Rogen together with Evan Goldenberg and Breaking Bad‘s Sam Caitlin with the series averaging about 2 million viewers since its release in the US on May 22nd 2016.
Watch the series’ opening scene below: