With production raging ahead on Amazon Studios' adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book series The Boys, showrunner Eric Kripke, executive producer Evan Goldberg, and stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Karen Fukuhara, Laz Alonso, Antony Star, Chace Crawford, and Erin Moriarty descended upon New York Comic Con's (NYCC) Hammerstein Ballroom to promote the series – and introduce the crowd to their "new friend" Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek).
In a perfect example of closure, "full circle," Karma or whatever it is you want to apply to it, Pegg surprised the audience by hitting the stage to confirm personally that he has joined the cast as Dougie, the father of Hughie (Quaid). You can check out the video of Pegg's panel appearance below, along with his full endorsement of Quaid and news of his casting:
"I'm here for two reasons. Firstly to endorse this beautiful young boy here, Jack Quaid, as the one true Hughie, and to let you know that I will also be appearing in The Boys in the only role I could possibly play: Hughie's father. And I'm damned please about it!"
– Simon Pegg
After the panel, Bleeding Cool had the unique opportunity to sit down with Pegg to discuss a number of The Boys-related topics; from social media's response to his not being cast as Hughie and his inital thoughts on what he's seen of the series so far, to how the Ennis/Robertson series is more relevant than ever before:
Here's a rundown on "who's who" before The Boys gets unleashed on Amazon Prime in 2019:
In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, THE BOYS centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as "The Boys," who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. THE BOYS is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It's the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about "The Seven," and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes.
On the side of The Boys, Karl Urban's Billy Butcher is mysterious and brutal, hiding a personal agenda as he approaches potential new recruit Hughie (Jack Quaid), claiming to be a shadowy government operative. Butcher capitalizes on Hughie's rage over his girlfriend Robin's accidental death at the hands of Superhero A-Train and enlists Hughie as part of his plan to bring down the super-hero franchise.
Rounding out Butcher's team are Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) as second-in-command Mother's Milk; Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as The Female, a young Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills who happens to have superpowers; and Tomer Capon as unpredictable wild card Frenchie, a brutal warrior when who lives a life of no attachments or responsibilities.
On the flip side, The Seven are Antony Starr (American Gothic) as Homelander, leader of the main superhero team, The Seven; Dominique McElligott (The Last Tycoon) as Queen Maeve, a member of The Seven; Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) as The Seven member The Deep, an aquatic hero; Jesse T. Usher (Survivor's Remorse) as speedster with a major PR problem, A-Train; and Nathan Mitchell (iZombie) as Black Noir, a masked superhero with fighting and Set martial arts skills.
Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones) joins the cast as Starlight/Annie, a young woman who can make lightning bolts flash from her eyes and dreams of being a "real superhero" like the famous Seven; Elisabeth Shue's (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Karate Kid) super-hero handler Madelyn Stillwell is the Vice President of Hero Management for Vought and the person responsible for cleaning up after the "heroes." Jennifer Esposito (NCIS, Blindspot) has also been cast in the recurring role of CIA Agent Susan Raynor, with Billy Zane (Titanic) also set to make a guest appearance this season.