Amazon is wasting no time evening out the playing field between The Seven and Butcher's "boys", following up the casting of Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) as second-in-command Mother's Milk with news that Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games) will be joining the ranks of the streaming service's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book series The Boys. Created for series by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and with Preacher's Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen attached, the series is set to be a co-production between Sony Pictures TV Studios, Amazon and Neal H. Moritz's Original Films.
After the death of his girlfriend by fast-moving super-hero A-Train (Usher), Quaid's Hughie is approached by a mysterious "government agent" named Billy Butcher, who leads Hughie into a covert war against a team of super-heroes who are not quite the "heroes" everyone thinks they are.
Son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, Quaid began his screen career in The Hunger Games and follow-up The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and was recently seen in the HBO drama series Vinyl. The actor can next be seen in monster-action film Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson.
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; Jessie T. Usher (Survivor's Remorse) as The Seven member, A-Train, a superhero faster than a speeding train; Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) as The Seven member The Deep, an aquatic hero; Nathan Mitchell (iZombie) as Black Noir, a masked superhero with fighting and Set martial arts skills; and Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones) 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.
Here's an overview of the comic book series that was originally published from 2006-2012 from Wildstorm and Dynamite Entertainment:
This is going to hurt! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone's got to make sure the "supes" don't get out of line. And someone will! Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth – superpower! Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them – sometimes – need to be taken out of the picture. That's when you call in The Boys!