Jensen Ackles, who’s starred in fifteen seasons of The CW’s long-running Supernatural series, is officially joining the third season of Amazon’s (anti) superhero series The Boys.
“I keep wondering what I’ll do….when @cw_supernatural finally ends this year,” Ackles posted on social media. “Then it hit me.” The actor posted a video of himself checking out an issue of The Boys comics, as Elvis Presley’s “Soldier Boy” begins to play.
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Yes, Ackles will be taking on the role of Soldier Boy – the original superhero. The Captain America-esque character, according to Wiki, yearns to join the Seven, has a very innocent approach to his role, doesn’t realise the depravity around him, mistakenly interprets gay sex with Homelander as a test for him to join the Seven, and claims he fought in World War II – though Butcher claims otherwise.
“Couldn’t be happier for my brother from another mother!!,” Ackles’ longtime Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki wrote in response to Ackles’ post. “Thrilled you’re gonna keep kicking ass and takin names. They’re lucky to have ya.”
Wrote Jeffery Dean Morgan, who The Boys co-creator/showrunner Eric Kripke has expressed a desire to also cast in the third season: “PERFFFFFFFFECT!!”
In a statement, Kripke, also the creator of Supernatural, 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 humour, 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 third chapter of The Boys will begin filming this coming January. But before we see what Ackles brings to the show, we still have The Boys season 2 – set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on September 4th.