After notable roles in The Lord of the Rings, Dredd, and the rebooted Star Trek films, Karl Urban is no stranger to genre films. He’ll now be adding another such role to his resume, this time in the land of television/streaming.
According to Deadline, Urban has reportedly snagged the lead role in Amazon’s superhero drama series The Boys, based upon the comic book of the same name by Darick Robertson and Garth Ennis. The Boys, written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke who is also the showrunner, is a much darker take on the world of superheroes where heroes have given into the fame and fortune and tend to give into their more base level desires rather than actually being selfless heroes.
Urban is playing Billy Butcher who is the head of the brutal vigilante group The Boys who are a secret CIA squad tasked with taking down and keeping the corrupt and violent superhero population under control. They are essentially the ones that police the heroes, through any means necessary.
It is Urban’s Butcher that approaches Jack Quaid’s Wee Hughie about joining the group, using Hughie’s anger at the careless death of his girlfriend Robin at the hands of the superhero A-Train (Jesse T. Usher) to get him to join the group. Butcher’s plans for Hughie and others are to help take down all the heroes, once and for all.
Preacher‘s Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen are set to direct the pilot for the show which was ordered straight-to-series by Amazon. Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chance Crawford, Nathan Mitchell and Karen Fukuhara also star in the series.