With this week already seeing Laz Alonso join Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys, now comes some news on a further new addition for the series.
Courtesy of Deadline, The Hunger Games’ Jack Quaid – who is also the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan – has landed the lead role of Wee Hughie in the small screen adaptation. A character modelled on Simon Pegg, Hughie is officially described as:
After the death of his girlfriend by fast-moving superhero A-Train, Hughie is approached by a mysterious ‘government agent’ named Billy Butcher, who drags Hughie into a covert war against a group of superheroes who are now what everyone thinks they are.
As well as Alonso, Quaid joins a cast that already includes Anthony Sarr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crwaford, Jessie T. Usher, Nathan Mitchell, and Erin Moriarty.
For those not familiar with The Boys, the comic series ran from 2006 up until 2012, focussing on a group who kept superheroes in check when needed. With plenty of R-rated adult-driven action, the series soon became a favourite of many comic book fans, particularly for how it often gave skewed and alternative views on a whole host of superhero staples.
Supernatural’s Eric Kripke has created the series and will serve as showrunner, with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen directing. Goldberg and Rogen, of course, having already brilliantly adapted Preacher for the small screen.
The Boys will premiere its eight-episode first season on Amazon Video next year.