Karl Urban To Take Lead Role In Amazon’s The Boys

by Erik Amaya


It may not be Judge Dredd, but Karl Urban has found a comic book TV home.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will star in Amazon’s adaptation of The Boys. 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.
Urban will play Billy Butcher, described as “mysterious and brutal 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.”
The superhero team includes their leader Homelander (Anthony Starr), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jesse T. Usher), The Deep (Chase Crawford), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). Collectively known as “The Seven,” the group first appears 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 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.

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