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Daniel Radcliffe has been rather fearless in selecting his Hollywood roles ever since wrapping up his time as Harry Potter on the silver screen. He seems to be keeping that trend of interesting roles alive with TBS' upcoming limited series Miracle Workers. Radcliffe will play an angel who has the ear of God, who will be played by the great Steve Buscemi. Check out a first look below!
It appears Miracle Workers is going to be more like Dogma than Touched By An Angel. (Too bad George Carlin isn't around.) Steve Buscemi's God appears to be caught up in the nuances of life, which likely complicates the job for Daniel Radcliff's angel Craig. He's meant to bring the urgent prayers of Earth's faithful to the creator's attention, which probably gets hectic.
God, unfortunately, appears more caught up in why humanity has opted to name weather events after anything other than the sounds they make. Such as "whooshy whooshy" instead of typhoon. It tracks.
This may be an early scene from Miracle Workers, as early descriptions of the TBS limited series said Daniel Radcliffe's angel Craig would be working to prevent the world's destruction in God's absence. Steve Buscemi's God is quite present here, at least physically, since his mind is on things other than prayers from those that request his divine intervention. Perhaps he needs to head to New Orleans and listen to some jazz music like God did in Preacher?
Steve Buscemi's role in Miracle Workers seems to work well, despite the seemingly chill and laid back God role belonging to Owen Wilson when the series was in development. Wilson exited the project for unknown reasons a year ago, which then led to Buscemi's casting. While we may never know what Wilson's portrayal would've looked like, Buscemi's interpretation of the deity looks to be one that audiences won't soon forget, especially opposite a wide-eyed and stressed Daniel Radcliffe.
Miracle Workers is a seven-episode anthology series from legendary Saturday Night Live showrunner Lorne Michaels. As it's an anthology, folks may only get one season with this Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi team-up, only to be sent on a new adventure for potential future seasons. Of course, past TV anthologies have often drawn from a similar stable of returning actors, so perhaps these two talented actors may be persuaded to stick around if Miracle Workers is a hit. (I wouldn't suggest praying in this case.)
His film work may be more recognizable to a mainstream audience, but one shouldn't discount Daniel Radcliffe's merits as a television actor. Radcliffe co-starred with Jon Hamm in the short series A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories, which was a pretty solid romp from start to finish. Hopefully, Miracle Workers is more of the same and will encourage Radcliffe to have a go at more American television projects.