US cable network AMC has announced that Irish-Ethiopian star Ruth Negga will be back on screens opposite Dominic Cooper and Joseph Gilgun when the third season of Preacher premieres in June.

AMC announced on Monday that the third season of Preacher would premiere in the US on Sunday June 24. Three first-look images from season three were also released.

Based on Co Down writer Garth Ennis and late illustrator Steve Dillon's cult comic of the same name, Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer (Cooper), a Southern preacher who becomes possessed by a supernatural creature. 

Joining him on his adventures are his ex-girlfriend, criminal crack-shot Tulip O'Hare (Negga), and Irish vampire Cassidy (Gilgun).

Ruth Negga in season three of Preacher

Teeing up season three, AMC said: "Jesse Custer's quest for God takes him back to the place he's been avoiding his whole life: home. 

"Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised, and find old grudges and deadly obligations await them. With the help of his friends - and a few enemies - Jesse will need to escape his past because the future of the world depends on it."

All guns blazing in Preacher season three