Amazon’s pilot for The Boys finds a new director.
According to Deadline, 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg will direct the first episode of the upcoming direct-to-series adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson’s comic book. Originally, executives producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were set to helm, but bowed out due to scheduling conflicts.
Based on the 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 vigilante squad known as “The Boys” monitors the superpowered community and takes action when necessary. Karl Urban stars as Billy Butcher, a “mysterious and brutal” member of The Boys with a personal but secret agenda. He convinces Hughie (Jack Quaid) to join up and get revenge on the superhero community for the death of Hughie’s girlfriend. Suicide Squad‘s Karen Fukuhara will also appear as Female, a talented assassin whose superpowers allow her to end her targets with an “explosive evisceration.”
Their targets will include a superteam known as The Seven. Comprised of Homelander (Anthony Starr), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jesse T. Usher), The Deep (Chase Crawford), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), the group first appeared as 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 Boys will debut on Amazon Prime in 2019.