Suicide Squad star Karen Fukuhara is returning to the superhero genre with Amazon’s straight-to-series drama THE BOYS. The project is based on the comic book by Preacher writer Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Supernatural and Timeless creator Eric Kripke is adapting. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who executive produce Preacher, are attached to direct.
The project 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. Previously announced cast includes Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jesse T. Usher, and Nathan Mitchell.
Fukuhara will play Female, an Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills, who happens to have superpowers, and uses them for explosive evisceration. When The Boys find her, she’s savage, doesn’t speak, and is a complete mystery. She later learns what it means to be human through her relationship with Frenchie.
The Boys is set up at Sony Pictures TV Studios, which will co-produce with Amazon, and Original Films. Kripke will serve as showrunner in addition to executive producing with Golberg, Rogen, Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur, Pavun Shetty, Jason Netter, Ken Levin, and Point Grey Pictures’ James Weaver. Ennis and Robertson will co-executive produce.
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