Jensen Ackles found his next project after Supernatural. The actor nabbed the role of Soldier Boy in Amazon Prime’s The Boys season 3.
Ackles’ shift from supernatural to superpowers is no surprise. His casting reunites him with Eric Kripke, the showrunner for both Supernatural and The Boys.
According to Variety, Ackles’ role as Soldier Boy is the first celebrity superhero. In this world, the World War II hero has been a fixture of culture for decades.
“When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment,” Kripke said in announcing Ackles’ casting. “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,” he added. “As Soldier Boy, the very first superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, 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.”
Another Supernatural alum in talks to join
Kripke revealed plans for The Boys season 3 in an interview with Collider. Principal photography will likely start in January 2021. The writers finished the first four scripts while collaborating on Zoom video conference calls, and they aim to finish all the scrips before shooting.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the third season will make use of block shooting and shoot two episodes at the same time. However, work on the set will be extended to 15 days per episode.
Ackles might not be the only Supernatural alum joining the show. Kripke revealed that he’s in conversation with Jeffrey Dean Morgan if they can work out his schedule amid the travel restrictions.
Morgan is working on The Walking Dead in Atlanta while The Boys film in Toronto. If he needs to quarantine between his travels, his schedule on the zombie series might be compromised.
Ackles’ final hurrah on Supernatural
Meanwhile, fans are preparing to say goodbye to Supernatural as it returns on The CW for its final run. The second half of season 15 will kick off on Oct. 8 and will end with a retrospective episode on Nov. 19.
The series was supposed to close last spring, but COVID-19 hampered the filming of the final two episodes. The CW decided to hold airing the last seven episodes for fall.
“Episode 19 feels like the season finale for 15, and Episode 20 feels like the series finale,” Ackles noted. “It’s kind of a double whammy.”
Meanwhile, he’s ready to tackle his next big role in The Boys, based on his Instagram post.
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