The Boys spinoff has tapped Reina Hardesty to play its lead role.
The 25-year-old actress will play a young superhero in the yet-to-be-titled series, joining previously cast Shane Paul McGhie, Aimee Carrero, Maddie Phillips, Jaz Sinclair and Lizze Broadway, who will all portray fellow young superheroes.
While details on the characters of the entire cast are being kept under wraps, it was previously revealed that the spinoff is set at America’s only college for young adult superheroes, run by Vought International. Described as an irreverent, R-rated series with all the heart, satire, and raunch of The Boys, the spinoff explores the lives of young hormonal Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, while competing for the best contracts in the best cities.
In an interview with The Wrap last October, spinoff executive producer Eric Kripke said that their main objective for the series is to make it one of the most realistic college shows ever, despite being in the superhero genre.
“We think there’s a real opportunity to see another part of the Vought world,” Kripke said of why they want to make the spinoff. “But probably, more importantly, to make a show that isn’t really made that often is what we love about it. [So,] as The Boys is an unflinching look at reality, the goal for this is to make this superhero show one of the most realistic college shows anyone’s made. And really deal with real college issues and really explore what it’s like to be that age.”
Hardesty most recently appeared as Hank Azaria’s daughter in the fourth and final season of IFC’s Brockmire. The actress also recurred as Joslyn “Joss” Jackam, aka Weather Witch, on The CW’s Arrowverse, appearing in both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Her other acting credits include Netflix’s Greenhouse Academy and Crackle’s StartUp. She was also cast as the lead in the First Daughter-themed CW pilot Maverick for Fake Empire, which was shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, filming for The Boys season 3 is currently underway. While the new season doesn’t have an exact release date yet, it will likely premiere on Amazon Prime Video in summer 2022.