The Boys’ Spinoff Is Losing Its Cast

By Britta DeVore | 4 weeks ago

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Cast members in The Boys college-based spinoff are dropping out of the project left and right. Today, Deadline revealed that the latest member to bid farewell to the upcoming series is Reina Hardesty. Her departure was preceded by two other main cast members, Aimee Carrero and Shane Paul McGhie. While it’s unknown who will be stepping in for Hardesty, we do know that the role will be recast. The shakeup comes on the heels of Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters joining the production as showrunners. With their new creative input, they’re revamping several of the characters and because of that, casting is starting from square one. 

The spinoff of The Boys is still untitled and no details about specific characters have been released, including who Hardesty and the other actors would be playing. We do know that had she remained as part of the cast, it wouldn’t have been the first time Reina Hardesty had made a memorable appearance in a superhero series. She’s enjoyed the recurring role of Joss Mardon aka the Weather Witch in The CW’s Arrowverse, including a number of appearances on The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. She also played the titular lead’s daughter in season 4 of the IFC sitcom Brockmire. Aimee Carrero has enjoyed a lot of prominent voice roles. She’s voiced the leads both for the various Elena of Avalor series since 2017 and Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princess of Power revival. She’ll also appear in Paramount+’s upcoming miniseries The Offer. Meanwhile Shane Paul McGhie is best known as the rookie on the short-lived Stephen Dorff led procedural Deputy.

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Reina Hardesty on The Flash

The upcoming Prime Video series will take place in the same universe as its beloved superhero show, The Boys. It will follow the exciting times of college students at America’s only university for young superheroes, giving them the education and training they’ll need to be productive members of the community. The show was originally given the go-ahead back in September, but clearly some things haven’t been working out on its first run at finding its principal cast. With six leading members total, Fazekas and Butters have gotten rid of 50% of their original stars. 

The Boys pulls its story from the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson created comic books of the same name. It follows the story of corrupt superheroes known as “supes” and other superpower enabled beings hoping to stop their corruption. The series serves as a satire surrounding the superhero genre made popular by DC and Marvel. Many of the characters in the Prime Video series are poking fun at well known heroes from the aforementioned universes. 

While it looks like the spinoff series will be seriously delayed, fans of The Boys still have a lot of content to look forward to. Now heading into its third season, the show will finally be making its way back to Prime Video on June 3. Along with a lineup of returning cast members that include Antony Starr, Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, and Erin Moriarty, viewers have been getting antsy awaiting the arrival of several new-to-the-series characters. Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles will be stepping into the boots of Soldier Boy, Laurie Holden will don the cape of the Crimson Countess, Miles Gaston Villanueva will be featured as Supersonic, with Nick Weschler as Blue Hawk and Sean Patrick Flannery as Gunpowder. We also know there will be some surprises in store including some sort of new power for Urban’s Billy Butcher which looks to include laser eyes. An insane episode centered around the “Herogasm” plot from the comics which involves the supes engaging in wild drug fueled orgies will also be happening.

Along with the college based spinoff of The Boys, there’s also an animated spinoff titled The Boys Presents: Diabolical. Centered in the same universe, the series gives viewers short side stories into their favorite characters from the franchise. With stories surrounding The Boys ever expanding, it’s only a matter of time for recasts of the college based YA show to take place and for production to get the cameras rolling.