Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson, and created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), The Boys is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their celebrity and fame. The series follows a group of blue-collar vigilantes known as “the boys” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to direct The Boys, which only has one confirmed cast member at this point — Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones) as Annie, aka Starlight, who can make lightning bolts flash from her eyes.
According to sources, Starr will play Homelander, the square-jawed leader of a group of corrupt superheroes known as The Seven. Crawford will play The Deep, a handsome aquatic hero with abs of steel and a bit of a mean streak thanks to a drug problem. Usher will play A-Train, a self-absorbed young man with super speed. And McElligott will play Queen Maeve, a battered and bruised alcoholic who takes a liking to Starlight.
The Boys hails from Sony Pictures TV Studios, which will co-produce with Amazon and Neal H. Moritz’s Original Films. Sony TV executive Jennifer Solari confirmed all the deals on the record.
Usher starred in the TV series Level Up and Survivor’s Remorse before landing a lead role as Will Smith’s son in Independence Day: Resurgence. He’s currently filming Son of Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree. Usher is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.
McElligott’s TV credits include Hell on Wheels, House of Cards and most recently, The Last Tycoon. On the feature side, she has worked with directors such as Duncan Jones, David Chase and John Michael McDonagh. She’s repped by CAA and United Agents.
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