Amazon’s adaptation of The Boys inches closer to production as word comes that Suicide Squad‘s Karen Fukuhara has joined the cast.
Based on the Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson comic book originally published by DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint in 2006, The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes are as corruptible and fallible as any other celebrity. A CIA squad known as “The Boys” is tasked with monitoring the superpowered community and taking action when necessary.
Deadline reports Fukuhara will play Female, a talented assassin whose superpowers allow her to end her targets with an “explosive evisceration.” According to the report, “when The Boys find her, she’s savage, doesn’t speak and is a complete mystery.” Learning to be human will be a large part of her arc as the show progresses.
The series also features Jack Quaid as Hughie, a recent recruit to The Boys, Anthony Starr as Homelander, the leader of the the series’s main superhero team, which also includes Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jesse T. Usher), The Deep (Chase Crawford), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). Collectively known as “The Seven,” they’re definitely caricatures of DC Comics’ Justice League; a parody which landed the the creative team in hot water when it was published by Wildstorm. During that initial storyline with the Seven, a young hero named Starlight — an analogue of Stargirl — saw the ugliness of the Seven firsthand. Erin Moriarty will play Starlight in the series, suggesting the show will dive right into that infamous storyline.
The show is executive produced by Preacher‘s Seth Rogen and Aaron Goldberg as a direct-to-series commitment. It is expected to debut sometime next year.