Amazon’s Untitled The Boys spinoff adds three new leads
On the heels of adding Lizzie Broadway and Jaz Sinclair to its cast, Amazon’s first spinoff of hit superhero series The Boys has expanded its lead cast with the additions of Maddie Phillips (Teenage Bounty Hunter), Shane Paul McGhie (Deputy), and Aimee Carrero (Young & Hungry), according to Deadline. Phillips, McGhie, and Carrero along with previously confirmed cast members Broadway and Sinclair are all playing young superheroes with Broadway and Sinclair set to portray the characters of Emma and Marie, respectively. The untitled series is currently in the final negotiations to secure its official greenlight.
The project will be loosely inspired by the G-Men, a parody of the X-Men from The Boys comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The original series is currently in production for its upcoming third season.
The Boys spin-off will be set in America’s only college for young adult superheroes, ineffectually referred to as supes, run by Vought International and is being described as “an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual and moral boundaries to the test,” blending the pitfalls of a college series with the gritty competitive nature of The Hunger Games and heart, satire and raunch of the main series.
Craig Rosenberg, an executive producer and writer on the main series, is writing the pilot for the potential spin-off and is set to act as showrunner and executive producer for the new project alongside main series’ creator Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver of Point Grey Pictures and Neal H. Moritz and Payun Shetty of Original Film, while Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television will produce.
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 retains most of the comics (available for purchase here) boundary-pushing violence and sexuality while exploring the dark side of superhero celebrity and fame.
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.
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