What we can expect from 'The Boys' spin-off series, 'Gen V'
A spin-off series based on Prime Video's hit show "The Boys" is in the works, titled "Gen V."
The show, set for release in 2023, will center on people with superpowers at a Vought-owned college.
The cast includes "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" star Jaz Sinclair and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Following the success of Prime Video's "The Boys," a spin-off series is in the works centered on a younger generation of supes.
Development of the then-untitled show was announced in late-September 2020, weeks after season two of "The Boys" debuted on the streaming service and became the most-watched global launch of an Amazon Original series ever. In September 2021, it was given a series order.
Here's what we know about the college-centric show, called "Gen V," so far.
The series will focus on a Vought-run college
The spin-off, helmed by "Agent Carter" showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, will explore "the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part 'Hunger Games' — with all the heart, satire and raunch of 'The Boys,'" Variety reported.
"The Boys" showrunner Eric Kripke told Entertainment Weekly that the idea for the spin-off came about organically in January 2020, especially after noticing that there aren't college shows with this premise.
"It's a Vought-owned college where young kids with powers are trained as to how to be proper superheroes, all leading to an NBA-style draft at the end of the year," Kripke told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's sort of like a college sports show meets 'Fame,' because they also have to go to acting classes and marketing classes. It's going to be a very character-driven, hopefully incredibly realistic, college show."
Cast member Patrick Schwarzenegger described the series as "'Euphoria' meets superheroes" in an interview with Marc Malkin's "Just for Variety" podcast.
Kripke told Variety that the comparison is accurate to a degree.
"It's about kids who are complicated psychologically getting into trouble," he said. "So in that way, it's like 'Euphoria.' I don't know if it's quite as dark, frankly, as 'Euphoria.'"
"I think it will be surprising, the amount of emotion that is in that story, with all the usual 'Boys' swagger," Kripke told Deadline in July 2021.
The cast will include rising actors, like 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' star Jaz Sinclair
Sinclair, who portrayed Roz in "CAOS," was one of the first cast members announced along with "The Rookie" actress Lizze Broadway. Sinclair and Broadway will star as supes named Marie and Emma, respectively. "Teenage Bounty Hunters" star Maddie Phillips will also play a supe.
The cast has undergone some changes in the lineup since initial reports, with new actors being added to the series.
"CAOS" alum Chace Perdomo replaced Shane Paul McGhie in March 2022 following his departure.
In May 2022, Deadline reported additional castings: London Thor ("Shameless"), Derek Luh ("Shining Vale"), Shelley Conn ("Bridgerton"), and Asa Germann.
Patrick Schwarzenegger ("The Staircase") as Golden Boy, Sean Patrick Thomas ("The Tragedy of Macbeth"), and Marco Pigossi ("Invisible City") joined the cast shortly after.
Season 3 of 'The Boys' included Easter eggs teasing the spin-off
When Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) visited the Red River Institute in episode two, he looked at a computer screen showing supe kids who are part of the group home. A photo of Sinclair's character, 17-year-old Marie M. could be seen briefly as Hughie scrolled.
Another, less obvious, nod to the upcoming spin-off was included in episode five. During a conversation with A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), the supe named Blue Hawk (Nick Wechsler) said they both trained with Coach Brink and were taught to "dominate totally."
Kripke confirmed to Variety that that was a nod to the spin-off.
"Both of those guys graduated from Good Oak, which is the name of the school, and Brink is a reference to the big superhero trainer at that school who is a character in the spinoff," he said.
There will be crossover between 'The Boys' and the spin-off
Prior to the unveiling of the show's official name, the spin-off title was referred to as "Varsity."
"There's definitely crossover, and we're doing our best to design a universe that sees some of the issues and storylines in season three [of 'The Boys'] hand off to the first season in 'Varsity,'" Kripke told Deadline.
He continued: "There's a presidential campaign happening in the background of that season, and there are certain things that are happening at that school that are both in reaction to season three of 'The Boys.' There's Soldier Boy, et cetera, but also some new storylines that are happening in that season of the spin-off that we have to pick up and take into season four of the show."
Kripke also told Rolling Stone that familiar faces from 'The Boys" will pop up in the spin-off.
"Without spoiling anything, I think there will be several very, very cool cameos," he teased, "because it's a Vought-run college, so crossover with Vought characters is inevitable, really."
The title, 'Gen V,' was announced in July 2022
The official Twitter account for "The Boys" posted a video and photos introducing followers to the cast of the spin-off.
"It's got everything 'The Boys' has: the intensity, the grit, the humor," Germann said.
"It's fucked up. You're gonna like it," Perdomo added.
'Gen V' will debut sometime in 2023
In July 2022, Kripke told Variety that the spin-off was "almost halfway through shooting." The rollout plan for the show is for episodes to be released when "The Boys" isn't currently airing.
"I think the overall goal is to start leapfrogging them, where, a series of months after 'The Boys' wraps, season one of the spin-off will drop," Kripke told the publication. "And then a series of months after that, season four of 'The Boys' will drop."
The first trailer for "Gen V" dropped in December 2022 at Comic-Con Experience (CCXP) in São Paulo, Brazil, confirming the show's release in 2023 and teasing guest appearances from cast members of "The Boys."
The official synopsis reads: "Welcome to Godolkin University, a safe space for you to thrive. This is your first look at 'Gen V,' 'The Boys' college spin-off series arriving on Prime Video in 2023. Starring Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway, Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas, Marco Pigossi, Clancy Brown, Alexander Calvert, and Jason Ritter. Also featuring guest appearances from Jessie T. Usher, Colby Minifie, and P.J. Byrne reprising their roles from 'The Boys.'"
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