Adam McKay (Step Brothers) has not yet officially signed on to direct Sony Pictures’ adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic The Boys; according to the director, there’s no way he would unless the film meets two criteria:
1) the film is rated R
2) it stars Simon Pegg
When asked if he had talked to Pegg about The Boys, McKay told CHUD, “I haven’t officially signed on yet, so I haven’t had any conversations with anyone. But [Pegg’s] got to do it. It has to be.” Hit the jump to find out what role McKay insists Pegg play.
Per the report, McKay wants nothing more than for Simon Pegg to play a role that was tailor-made for him: Scottish conspiracy nut Wee Hughie. Ennis apparently based the character — the newest member of a covert CIA team that attempts to keep superheroes in line — on Pegg when developing the comic series.
Pegg is currently in negotiations to reprise his role in Mission: Impossible IV, and has yet to say anything about starring in The Boys. Nevertheless, it’s probably safe to assume that he will be peppered with questions about playing Wee Hughie (with whom he shares a striking resemblance) while promoting Paul at Comic-Con later this week.
For those not familiar with The Boys, here’s a synopsis via Wikipedia,
“The series is set in a contemporary world very much similar to the real one, with one notable exception: a number of people have some form of superpower. The series follows a superpowered CIA squad, known informally as ‘The Boys’, whose job it is to keep watch on superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or kill them.”