Supernatural is nearly at its end after a 15-season run. The CW series would have concluded in the spring if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the final seven episodes of the dramatic series will air in the fall. Dean Winchester will rest his weary head one way or another and so will the actor who portrays him, Jensen Ackles. Or will he? He has the time to act in other series again, and it looks like he’s chosen his next project: The Boys.
Ackles will join The Boys‘ cast for season three.
Ackles shared the news Monday morning on Instagram with a cheeky video (see above). Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video confirmed the casting. And they added some more details: Ackles will be playing Soldier Boy. The character is apparently the original Superhero. After Soldier Boy fought in World War II, he became the first super celebrity, and a mainstay of American culture for decades.
Soldier Boy appears in The Boys comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. In the comics, Soldier Boy really, really wants to be part of the Seven. He’ll do anything to join the group. And as we’ve seen in the television series, the group is ruthless and probably willing to take advantage of any other superhero’s earnestness. Soldier Boy also has a run in with Butcher in the comics, and we’re already looking forward to seeing Ackles and Karl Urban (Butcher in the series) sparring on screen.
The Boys‘ showrunner and executive producer Eric Kripke also created Supernatural and cast Ackles as Dean Winchester. He joked about that history with Ackles in the press release about the casting. Kripke said, “When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream—to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment. I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even 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.”
Season two of The Boys premieres on Amazon Prime on Friday, September 4th.
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