Simon Pegg has joined the cast of Amazon’s The Boys.
The actor, who was the inspiration for the look of the comic book’s Hughie, will play the role of the character’s dad, Hughie Sr., he announced via crashing the show’s New York Comic Con panel. Pegg will be a guest star in the first season.
The show follows a group of vigilantes who take on corrupt superheroes. It’s based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The panel included The Boys co-creators Eric Kripke (who is also the showrunner) and Evan Goldberg, as well as cast members Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie), Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk), Karen Fukuhara (Female), Antony Starr (Homelander), Erin Moriarty (Starlight) and Chace Crawford (The Deep).
Given the years it took for the comic to get adapted, Pegg never got the chance to play the role. “I’ve never been more insecure in my life that I wasn’t Simon Pegg,” Quaid said of taking on the challenge. “He is like my literal hero.”
On the series, the two Hughies are initially alike. “He spent most of his time sitting on the couch eating pizza rolls and watching Remington Steele,” Pegg said. “Hughie is the one who breaks that cycle; Hughie’s father is a specter of his own inaction.”
“He’s the Hughie who never met Butcher,” added Kripke.
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The casting also marks a reunion for Urban and Pegg, who have worked on the recent Star Trek film franchise together. “The real reason [he took the job] is we have a competition between us who can be in the most franchises.” Urban joked.
Added Pegg: “We’re a couple of franchise whores and we’re very proud of it.”
The series will debut on Amazon in 2019.