“Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles is set to join the cast of “The Boys” in season 3. The announcement was made by Ackles himself and was confirmed by Amazon Prime Video today.
“With only 2 more epic episodes to film...I wasn’t quite sure what life after supernatural was gonna look like” Ackles wrote on Twitter. “Then it hit me.”
Ackles will portray Soldier Boy aka the original superhero in the superhero action-drama. After Soldier Boy fought in World War II, he became the first super celebrity and a mainstay of American culture for decades.
“When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment,” said Kripke in a statement. “I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, and even a better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother. As Soldier Boy, the very first superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role. I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of ‘Supernatural’ to ‘The Boys.’”
“The Boys” was renewed for a third season and was announced during the comic-con at San Diego virtual event.
Earlier Shawn Ashmore also announced that he is playing Lamplighter in season 2.
Ackles currently stars on “Supernatural,” which Kripke created and first launched on the WB network in 2005. It was scheduled to wrap up its 15th and final season in May of this year before the coronavirus pandemic forced a production shutdown. Now, it is on track to wrap this fall on the CW. Ackles’ previous acting credits include “Devour,” the big-screen remake “My Bloody Valentine” and the independent rom-com “Ten Inch Hero.” On the small screen, he is also known for “Smallville,” “Dark Angel,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Days of our Lives,” for which he received three Daytime Emmy nominations and won a Soap Opera Digest Award in 1998.
The Boys season 2 will see Butcher, Hughie, and the team reel from their losses in Season 1. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the Superheroes. As Vought, the company that manages the heroes cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander.
The Boys season 2 will arrive exclusively at Amazon Prime on September 4.
The first season dropped all eight episodes at once, this time only the first three episodes of season 2 will be released on September 4. From there, it's weekly.
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