Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jessie T. Usher and Nathan Mitchell are all set to join Erin Moriarty in leading roles of Amazon’s straight-to-series drama “The Boys” based on the comic by “Preacher” comic author Garth Ennis.
Previously setup at Cinemax, the story is set in a time where most of the world’s superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and engage in reckless behavior that compromises the safety of the world.
The action follows a CIA squad, known informally as ‘the boys,’ whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, eliminate some of them. The series ran for 72 issues from 2008-2012.
Starr will play Homelander, leader of the main superhero team The Seven which is a thinly-veiled “Justice League” take-off. The other four are playing fellow members of the team – McElligott is Queen Maeve, Usher is A-Train, Crawford is The Deep and Mitchell is Black Noir.
The project is being penned by “Supernatural” and “Timeless” creator Eric Kripke and executive produced by “Preacher” TV series EP’s Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg who are also directing the premiere. Neal Mortiz and Sony Pictures TV are also producing.