Ahead of its series premiere next week, Amazon has given an early Season 2 renewal to its superhero drama series The Boys. The streaming network made the announcement Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. Additionally, Amazon confirmed that You’re the Worst alum Aya Cash will join the Season 2 cast as Stormfront. Deadline previously reported that Cash had been in talks for the role in a likely second season.
The show’s executive producers Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke and series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue were joined by moderator Aisha Tyler today at Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming series when the announcement was made.
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Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Kripke, 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 multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes and covers up all of their dirty secrets.
The Boys are Hughie (Quaid), Billy Butcher (Urban), Mother’s Milk (Alonso), Frenchie (Capon), and The Female (Fukuhara). Simon Pegg guest stars as Hughie’s father.
The Supes of The Seven are led by Homelander (Starr), who is joined by Starlight (Moriarty), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Usher), The Deep (Crawford) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell).
Shue stars as Madelyn Stillwell, Vought’s Senior VP Hero Management.
The Boys hails from Sony Pictures TV Studios, which co-produces with Amazon and Neal H. Moritz’s studio-based Original Films. The series was developed by Kripke, who also serves as writer, executive producer, showrunner and directed the season finale. Point Grey Pictures’ Rogen (Preacher), Evan Goldberg (Preacher), and James Weaver (Preacher), Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz (Prison Break), Pavun Shetty (New Girl) and Ori Marmur (Preacher), also executive produce as well as Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Ennis and Robertson also co-executive produce. The pilot episode was directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane).
The eight-episode first season premieres July 26 on Amazon Prime Video.