Jessica Jones alum Erin Moriarty has joined Amazon’s The Boys in a series-leading role.
According to Deadline, Moriarty has joined the Amazon adaption of Garth Ennis’ The Boys as Starlight, aka Annie, who can shoot lightning from her eyes and aims to be a true superhero like the Seven, the most prestigious and morally repugnant superhero team around. This marks the first bit of casting news since the series was officially picked up back in November.
Prior to being picked up by Amazon, The Boys was being developed for Cinemax as recently as last year. Cinemax passed on the project, leading to the show’s new home under Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, with the plan for the eight-episode series to debut in early 2019.
Moriarty is perhaps best known for her role as Hope Shlottman in the first season of Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Her character served a central role in revisiting Jessica’s past trauma under the thumb of Kilgrave, played by David Tennant. She has also appeared in the first season of True Detective on HBO, as well as films such as The Kings of Summer and Captain Fantastic.
Dynamite Entertainment’s The Boys, which ran for 72 issues from 2008 to 2012, depicted a world wherein superheroes had become amoral celebrities that often engaged in destructive and selfish behavior. The Boys are a CIA squad that keeps those heroes in check, taking them out permanently, if need be.
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