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Casting: The Boys, Good Omens, and Roswell reboot add key players

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Mar 6, 2018

Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of anti-superhero comic The Boys just added two more actors to its growing cast, tapping Jack Quaid and Laz Alonso to fill a pair of roles on the CIA-backed team’s superhero-squelching crew.

Via Deadline, Quaid (The Hunger Games) will play Hughie, known in the comics as Wee Hughie. After getting injected with a $19 billion shot of the chemical known as Compound V, he develops superpowers and learns through brutal trial and error just how far they can take him. Following his girlfriend’s death during a superhero battle, Billy Butcher (leader of The Boys) recruits him to help the good guys rein in the world’s lawless, self-indulgent, power-abusing superheroes.

Joining Quaid is Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura), who will play Mothers’ Milk. No. 2 only to Butcher, Mother’s Milk is the group’s intelligent super-sleuth, and, like Hughie, Butcher had to work to re-recruit him back into the fold. Unlike Hughie and the others, Mother’s Milk has had his Compound V powers since birth.

The Boys inverts the idea of virtuous superheroes by making them commonplace in its universe. Debauched, famous, and egotistical, they’re basically overpowered criminals in need of manners — and that’s where The Boys come in. The CIA sets up The Boys as law enforcement’s own powered-up answer to all the bad behavior, and the squad’s given a long leash to put a stop to all the corruption and mayhem.

Amazon has ordered eight episodes for The Boys, which is based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The team behind the AMC adaptation of Ennis’ Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will direct; Supernatural creator Eric Kripke will serve as creator and showrunner.

The Boys is set to premiere on Amazon Video sometime in 2019.


 

Also via Deadline, Amazon’s upcoming end-of-days miniseries Good Omens has just added another cast member: Nick Offerman, who’s best known as dolt extraordinaire Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation

Offerman will play a U.S. ambassador and father of Warlock, the child who’s been mistaken as the Antichrist. He joins stars Michael Sheen (the angel Aziraphale) and David Tennant (the demon Crowley) in the six-installment series based on the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel. Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Adria Arjona, Nina Sosanya, Ned Dennehy, and Ariyon Bakare are also among the sizable cast.

Development on Good Omens is already underway, with Amazon planning a still-unspecified 2018 release on its streaming service before the series also appears on the BBC.


 

Finally, per Entertainment Weekly, The CW’s Roswell reboot has added Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries), filling out a cast that already includes Jeanine Mason (You’re the Worst) as Liz and Nathan Parsons (True Blood) as Max. Trevino will play Kyle, the son of Roswell sheriff Jim Valenti.

The CW is rebooting Roswell, based on the popular Melinda Metz young adult book series, more than 15 years after the original TV show’s last episode aired on the now-defunct UPN (the show’s first two seasons aired on the WB).

Like The CW’s reboot of Charmed, the new Roswell reportedly will break away from the tone of its TV predecessor while focusing on a young woman who, as the daughter of undocumented immigrants, discovers her childhood crush is a police officer who just so happens to be an alien — the kind from outer space.

The CW still hasn’t announced a release date for Roswell, so keep those antennae raised.