SDCC 2019: Amazon's 'The Boys' renewed for season 2 ahead of premiere, Aya Cash to join as Stormfront
At a panel moderated by Aisha Tyler at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the cast of Amazon Prime Video's show 'The Boys' - Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue - along with executive producers Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke were present.
Just minutes before the panel, it was announced that the yet to premiere show had got an early renewal for season 2 and at the panel, it was announced that actor Aya Cash will join the cast to play the role of Stormfront.
At the panel, Kripke spoke about the concept of putting up a group of individuals against corrupt heroes and said: "It started with wanting to take the p**s out of the superhero genre a little bit, to turn it over on its head. As we went on, the more we realized its the perfect show to describe the moment we're living in. The show is really about what happens when you use celebrity to manipulate people and use your power to make the common guy play against his own self-interests."
He further spoke about the individuals who fight the powers that be in the series and said, "[The Boys] are the blue-collar 99 percent, and in one way or another they've been f**ked over ... as collateral damage not given a second thought. They've suffered personally either at the hands of Vought, or the superheroes, but what makes them different is they've decided to fight back against the 1 percent of the 1 percent."
Urban plays the role of Billy Butcher in the series and expanded further about his character's motivation behind manipulating other victims to become a team against the corrupt heroes. He said, "The thing that's driving Butcher is he's got an ax to grind. He's on a mission of justice, vengeance — he has a vendetta against Homelander for something he's done to him. Billy finds this young kid who works in an audio visual store, and realizes something similar has happened to him, and he realizes it's the perfect opportunity to manipulate this kid to do something really dangerous to achieve his goal... It propels us on this fun, crazy, wacky journey with a whole lot of twists and turns."
Chace Crawford plays the role of a hero, The Deep, and said his role was something he hadn't tried before and added that his character is an underconfident man who is unaware about his privilege. Starr's Homelander has a sort of Oedipus complex with Elisabeth Shue's character, Madelyn Stillwell. Fukuhara who plays Female teased season 2 and said she will be doing a lot more wire work meaning that there will be a lot more action.
The first season of 'The Boys' will premiere July 26 on Amazon Prime Video.