With a very large cast in place for Amazon Studios‘ series adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s comic book series The Boys, premiere episode director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror) took to Instagram on Wednesday to “formally” announce that production on the project was under way.
Created for series by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), Trachtenberg is stepping into the directorial seat vacated by executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The pair were attached to direct the first episode, but had to step aside due to scheduling conflicts.
Here’s a look at Trachtenberg’s more-visual-than-wordy post; along with Amazon’s official overview of the series:
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.
On the flip side, 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; Jesse T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) as speedster with a major PR problem, A-Train; Nathan Mitchell (iZombie) as Black Noir, a masked superhero with fighting and Set martial arts skills; 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; and Elisabeth Shue (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Karate Kid) as super-hero handler Madelyn Stillwell, Vice President of Hero Management for Vought and the person responsible for cleaning up after the “heroes.”