Aya Cash in talks for gender-flipped Stormfront in Amazon’s The Boys
Though no official news has been made on a second season for the still-upcoming series, You’re the Worst alum Aya Cash has begun talks to join a potential second season of Amazon’s adaptation of the Garth Ennis graphic novel series The Boys. Cash is in talks to play the gender-flipped role of Stormfront, according to Deadline.
Among the many controversial “heroes” in the Ennis series, Stormfront, a male character in the comics, is a product of Nazi Germany’s hero program who came to America in 1938 and was the most powerful member of the group Payback (an Avengers analogy) Stormfront possesses superhuman strength, durability, flight, and the ability to exhale lightning bolts from his mouth, which was powerful enough to burn humans alive. His name comes from the world’s largest Neo-Nazi website of the same name.
The Boys is an 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 supergroup known as “The Seven.” The show is expected to retain most of the comic’s (available for purchase here) boundary-pushing violence and sexuality while exploring the dark side of superhero celebrity and fame.
The series stars Karl Urban (Star Trek, Judge Dredd) as Billy Butcher, the ringleader of the vigilantes who risk it all to go against a group of all-powerful characters, with Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Jennifer Esposito as CIA agent Susan L. Rayner, and Karen Fukuhara as the Female. Elisabeth Shue co-stars in the series alongside Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, and Nathan Mitchell.
The series was created by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who are responsible for another subversive comic book-inspired series, AMC’s Preacher, and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.
The source material, which ran for 72 issues between 2006 and 2012, was co-created by Darick Robertson, who helped co-create the Happy graphic novel series that was recently adapted by SYFY, and Garth Ennis, who’s known for creating the Preacher comic series with a TV adaptation currently running on AMC. It quickly earned popularity for its more graphic nature, in which Ennis sought to outdo the extreme violence and sexuality displayed in the Preacher comics.
The spandex-covered series The Boys will kick off on Amazon starting July 26.
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