The Boys will unleash an unapologetically ultraviolent response to the entertainment industry’s seemingly interminable array of live-action superhero fare with a TV series created by Supernatural and Timeless‘s Eric Kripke, adapting the bleak comic book series from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Yet, with news arriving of an addition to the cast of the series, which premieres on Amazon Prime Video on July 26, it does seem that a second season is imminent.
Aya Cash is reportedly in talks to join the cast of The Boys, reports Deadline. The news bears a two-prong narrative, not only because it appears to be a de facto confirmation of Season 2 (which, for now, will remain in the realm of speculation), but also because of the character that Cash would prospectively portray on the series, that of the comic’s superhuman Nazi antagonist, Stormfront. Seeing as the show will be bingeable by a fortnight, it has to be assumed that Cash’s role would occur in a prospective Season 2.
The casting of Cash as Stormfront would represent an intriguing spin on the character, not just because it would be a gender swap of the originally-male villain, but due to the fact that, in the comic, Stormfront – the iron-fisted leader of Avengers-parodying super-team Payback – is a Hitler Youth-raised Neo-Nazi; a powerful, Superman-esque caped pseudo-superhero, who publicly claims to be the electrically-created reincarnation of a Viking, but is, in actuality, the result of a Captain-America-like super-soldier experiment by the Third Reich.
Moreover, the character loudly adheres to his pro-Aryan ideology, often with brutal results. Pertinent to the buildup generated from such a character – and at the risk of divulging some comic spoilers – Stormfront eventually meets a brutal (and I mean BRUTAL) death at the hands of The Boys; a notion that should generate curiosity with regard to the gender swap, especially if the show decides to closely follow the comics.
Cash is coming off a 5-season run as the star of FX comedy series You’re the Worst, and recently put in another role for the network in its Fosse/Verdon miniseries. She’s also banked appearances on Easy, the revived Will & Grace and, years earlier, on HBO’s The Newsroom and short-lived Fox sitcom Traffic Light, along with film roles in Social Animals, Game Over, Man!, Mary Goes Round and The Wolf of Wall Street.
However, lest we get ahead of ourselves, Amazon has yet to officially confirm The Boys Season 2. Yet, with the arrival of this casting news, and Comic-Con quickly approaching, it’s possible (perhaps, likely,) that said confirmation will be made during Amazon’s wide array of con festivities, in which The Boys is confirmed to play a prominent part with a set interactive experience.
The Boys will hold its Comic-Con panel at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, July 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. PST.