The Boys spinoff

The Boys spinoff — no title but already several cast announcements

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The Boys spinoff may be so early in concept it doesn’t have a name yet, but already cast have been announced

First an apology. We’ve meant to cover the casting for The Boys spinoff for a week or so, but several announcements came out (mostly on Deadline and copied to the show’s Twitter feed) in the course of a few days, so we left it. Now the frenzy of activity is diminished, here’s what we’ve found out so far.

What is The Boys spinoff?

The Boys is a big hit for Amazon (even Barack Obama watches it), so a spinoff makes a lot of sense, even if schedules in 2022 are looking crowded already due to Covid delays. The story setup (drawn from Deadline) is:

Written by The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg, the show is set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (and run by Vought International). It is described as an irreverent series exploring the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.

Here is American TV playing to its strengths by adding a high school drama variant to a successful show. We’ve lost track of the number of shows set in schools, but we suspect this is nothing like most of them. Will there be cameos? Could Highlander pop in for a welcome speech? Will The Deep come to give spiritual guidance? We can see a few cameos, but suspect the series will work hard to be its own thing. It is due to be written by The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg.

So who’s in it (so far)

The first piece of casting was Lizze Broadway (The Rookie, Splitting Up Together, Here and Now) playing a character named Emma. This was followed closely by the announcement of Jaz Sinclair (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Marie. One week later, three more names were added: Shane Paul McGhie (Deputy, Greenleaf), Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor, Young & Hungry) and Maddie Phillips (Teenage Bounty Hunter).

We expect the show to get a green light soon, and we expect it’s name to be revealed along with more information on series length and expectations on filming. When we do, we’ll let you know.