Director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror) will be stepping up to direct the premiere episode of Amazon’s series adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s comic book series The Boys. Created for series by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), Trachtenberg is stepping into the directorial seat vacated by executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The duo were attached to direct the first episode, but had to step aside due to scheduling conflicts.
“Dan’s a massive fan of the comic like us, and we’re massive fans of his, so we’re excited to have his more talented skill set brought to the show.” – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan) and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke, The Boys is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame. It revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
On the side of The Boys, Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher is mysterious and brutal; hiding a personal agenda as he approaches potential new recruit Hughie (Jack Quaid), claiming to be a shadowy government operative. Butcher capitalizes on Hughie’s rage over his girlfriend Robin’s accidental death at the hands of Superhero A-Train (Jesse T. Usher) and enlists Hughie as part of his plan to bring down the super-hero franchise.
Joining Urban and Quaid are Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) as second-in-command Mother’s Milk; and Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as The Female, a young Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills who happens to have superpowers. The role of The Frenchman (or possibly “Frenchie”) has yet to be cast.
Joining Usher’s A-Train on The Seven are Antony Starr (American Gothic) as Homelander, leader of the main superhero team, The Seven; Dominique McElligott (The Last Tycoon) as Queen Maeve, a member of The Seven; Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) as The Seven member The Deep, an aquatic hero; Nathan Mitchell (iZombie) as Black Noir, a masked superhero with fighting and Set martial arts skills; and Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones) as Starlight/Annie, a young woman who can make lightning bolts flash from her eyes and dreams of being a “real superhero” like the famous Seven.
The Boys is a co-production between Sony Pictures TV Studios, Amazon and Neal H. Moritz’s Original Films.