Excitement for The Boys season 2 is heating up, with X-Men star Shawn Ashmore now cast as former member of The Seven, Lamplighter. The superhero's retirement led to an opening on the team, allowing Erin Moriarty's Starlight to join. He also happens to have ties with the titular vigilante crew and played an integral part in why The Boys broke up all those years ago. Ashmore took to social media to announce his role in the critically acclaimed Amazon series, referencing his past experience in the comic book genre.
"You didn't think I was done with the Super Hero game did ya?! Meet LAMPLIGHTER! Former member of the 7 and a man with secrets to tell! I couldn't be more excited to be apart of season two of "THE BOYS" which begins airing Friday sept 4Th!"
Shawn Ashmore portrayed Bobby Drake a.k.a. Iceman throughout Fox's X-Men series, something which was not lost on The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke who said of his casting, "We were thrilled that Shawn - who is, let's be honest, an OG superhero - wanted to play the crucial part of Lamplighter. He brings so much depth, menace, and world-weary humanity to this former member of the Seven. And Shawn is a really good guy. We're grateful to have him join our bloody little family."
Ashmore will be swapping the cold for the heat as Lamplighter, which should prove a nice send-up of the actor's superhero past. Lamplighter possesses a staff that grants him pyrokinesis, allowing him to harness nearby fire and blast flames in any direction. He is mentioned several times in the first season of The Boys, and should provide much conflict for the gang and the superhero community.
Along with Ashmore, another of the new additions to the show is The Mandalorian's Giancarlo Esposito, who, according to Homelander actor Antony Starr, is going to bring some turbulence to the show. "Homelander thinks he's the most important player in the game, so to speak, but Edgar very much comes from a different angle," Starr said of the relationship between the super and his new boss. "He represents a big corporation and he really puts Homelander into a very interesting position for a superhero that is used to getting his own way and being so strong and in control. Edgar really throws the cat amongst the pigeons there and it sets old Homey off on a bizarre trajectory."
Coming courtesy of Amazon Prime, The Boys is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The series is set in a universe where superpowered individuals are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which markets and monetizes them. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. The series primarily focuses on two groups: The Seven, Vought International's premier superhero team, and the titular Boys, vigilantes looking to keep the corrupted heroes under control.
The second season of the The Boys will premiere on Prime Video with the first three episodes on Friday, September 4, and new episodes available each Friday following, culminating in an epic season finale on October 9. The show has already been renewed for a third season. This comes to us from Shawn Ashmore's official Twitter account.