Tom Waits (Photo by Evan Agostini/AP)

Back in January, we were puzzling over the description of Hulu’s new show, Citizen, which was touted as a “hero origin story” set in a “‘supernaturalized’ Los Angeles.” Now, we have a little bit more to go on, thanks to some very interesting casting news: musician Tom Waits.

Though Waits is best-known for his long career as a singer-songwriter, distinguished by his poetic lyrics and whiskey-tinged voice, he’s also a sometimes actor known for choosing offbeat projects (like Jim Jarmusch’s groundbreaking indie Down By Law) and unusual parts (remember him as Renfield in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula?)

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This is to say that Waits probably wouldn’t sign on to a TV series unless it appealed to his specific tastes. The fact that Citizen, which is produced by Paramount Television, does is a very good sign for the show. As Deadline reports:

Waits will play Cesar, a priest, who is a walking anachronism of virtue and vice, mostly virtue. A proudly anti-authoritarian man, Cesar, runs a guerrilla humanitarian outfit with questionable legality from his church in Boyle Heights.

Citizen is being executive produced by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl), who is also directing the pilot. Color us very intrigued.