Aya Cash in Talks for Gender-Flipped Stormfront in Amazon’s The Boys
You’re the Worst alum Aya Cash has begun talks to join a potential second season of Amazon’s adaptation Garth Ennis’ graphic novel series The Boys. Deadline reports Cash could play the role of Stormfront, who was male in the comics.
Among the many controversial “heroes” in the Ennis series, Stormfront is a product of Nazi Germany’s hero program. He came to America in 1938 and was the most powerful member of the group Payback (an Avengers analogy). Stormfront possesses superhuman strength, durability, flight, and the ability to exhale lightning bolts from his mouth powerful enough to burn humans alive. His name comes from the world’s largest Neo-Nazi website of the same name.
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 is expected to retain most of the comic’s (available for purchase here) boundary-pushing violence and sexuality while exploring the dark side of superhero celebrity and fame.
The series stars Karl Urban (Star Trek, Judge Dredd) as Billy Butcher, the ringleader of the vigilantes who risk it all to go against a group of all-powerful characters, with Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Jennifer Esposito as CIA agent Susan L. Rayner, and Karen Fukuhara as the Female. Elisabeth Shue co-stars in the series alongside Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, and Nathan Mitchell.
Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (AMC’s Preacher), created the series with Supernatural‘s creator Eric Kripke. The source material ran for 72 issues between 2006 and 2012. Co-creator by Darick Robertson also helped co-create the Happy graphic novel series recently adapted by SYFY. His collaborator Garth Ennis created the Preacher comic series, currently adapted for AMC. Originally, The Boys quickly earned popularity for its more graphic nature. Ennis sought to outdo the extreme violence and sexuality displayed in the Preacher comics.
The spandex-covered series The Boys will kick off on Amazon starting July 26.
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