As Amazon Studios’ upcoming adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys continues to flesh out its cast, it’s made the move to bring in Karl Urban to lead the charge.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Urban has joined the series in the lead role of Billy Butcher. The official word on Billy has him pegged as “the leader of The Boys who holds a personal and secret agenda as he enlists the help of a man torn apart by his girlfriend’s death at the hands of a superhero along with the rest of the squad.”
Urban will join a cast that currently includes Jack Quaid, Laz Alonso, 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 keep 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.