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Karl Urban will be Billy Butcher in The Boys TV show


Karl Urban (Dredd, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings) has bagged the lead role in Amazon Studios’ The Boys.

The Boys takes places in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, and centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

Urban will play Billy Butcher, who is described as mysterious and brutal with a personal but secret agenda. He approaches Hughie (Jack Quaid), claiming to be a shadowy government operative. Butcher capitalizes on Hughie’s rage over his girlfriend Robin’s (uncast) accidental death at the hands of Superhero A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) and enlists Hughie as part of his plan to bring down the superhero system.

The project is based on the comic book by Preacher writer Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Supernatural and Timeless creator Eric Kripke is adapting. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who executive produce Preacher, are attached to direct. Previously announced cast includes Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jesse T. Usher, and Nathan Mitchell.

Karen Fukuhara will play Female, an Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills, who happens to have superpowers and uses them for explosive evisceration. When The Boys find her, she’s savage, doesn’t speak, and is a complete mystery. She later learns what it means to be human through her relationship with Frenchie.

Source: THR

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