Today's casting news starts with The Boys, the upcoming adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book series about a team of government vigilantes, known as "the Boys," who are assigned to take down superheroes in a world where the latter have become corrupted by their own fame.
Deadline reports that actor Tomer Kapon (pictured above) is joining the series in the role of Frenchie, aka the Frenchman, who in the comics was an especially violent member of the Boys prone to extreme outbursts. His origins are murky except for the fact that he has military experience, and he is considered the "muscle" of the team along with the even more psychotic Female of the Species (Karen Fukuhara of Suicide Squad fame).
Kapon has worked mostly in his native Israel up until now, so The Boys is likely to be his first big role in an American production. Created by Eric Kripke and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the show also stars Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jesse T. Usher, and Nathan Mitchell. It's expected to debut on Amazon sometime in 2019.
Meanwhile, another Deadline item indicates that Sam Jaeger has signed onto Tell Me a Story, joining a cast that includes James Wolk, Danielle Campbell, Paul Wesley, Billy Magnussen, Kim Cattrall, and Dania Ramirez.
Written by Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), the CBS All Access production reimagines the world’s most beloved fairy tales as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season will incorporate “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into what's described as "an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder."
Jaeger has been tapped to play Tim, a widow and father who is trying to put his and his daughter's lives back together after the death of his wife. They relocate to New York City and move in with Tim's mother (Cattrall), after which things presumably go south.
Jaeger was recently seen on The Handmaid’s Tale and has been featured in shows like Parenthood and Law & Order True Crime.
Lastly, one of the more popular video game characters in recent memory is getting his voice back. Agent 47, the deadly assassin who is the central figure of the Hitman video game franchise, will once again be voiced by David Bateson in Hitman 2, due out this fall.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bateson has been voicing Agent 47 since 2000 and the very first game in the franchise, Hitman: Codename 47. He has played the role in eight more entries since then, including 2016's Hitman.
Bateson said last year about the long-running franchise, "I think Hitman and its creators at IO Interactive set the bar very high right from the get-go. It didn’t compromise itself by dumbing down, so in the long run that’s been its strength. It’s a franchise that really demands your attention and your skill."
A demo of Hitman 2 was unveiled at E3 and a trailer posted online three weeks ago, with the game set to hit stores on Nov. 13 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.