Not to be outdone by fellow Karate Kid co-stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka‘s successful return to series televison with YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that actress Elisabeth Shue (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) will be joining the cast of Amazon’s series adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s comic book series The Boys.
Created for series by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless), Preacher‘s Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and Sony Pictures TV, the premiere episode of the series will be directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror).
Corporate and formidable, Shue’s Madelyn Stillwell is the Vice President of Hero Management for Vought, in charge of the public persona as well as the assignments of the Superheroes. Madelyn is a tough negotiator who rides roughshod over public relations dilemmas, such as when Superhero A-Train accidentally kills an innocent bystander and damage control needs to be done at any price, or when a city Mayor requests a Superhero for his own beleaguered town.
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.
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