Steven Yeun and J.K. Simmons to lead Amazon’s Invincible
Staff Reporter | On 01, Feb 2019Reading time: 1 mins
Steven Yeun and J.K. Simmons will lead the voice cast of Amazon’s animated series Invincible.
The show, based on Robert Kirkman’s comic books, brings a new perspective to the superhero genre, following the teenage son of a hero. That’s Mark Grayson, played by Steven Yeun, a 17-year-old who is like everyone else his age, except for the fact his dad is Omni-Man, played by J.K. Simmons. As Mark develops his own powers, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as legend says.
The animated series is produced by Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, with Kirkman exec-producing alongside Simon Racioppa, David Alpert and Catherine Winder, with Justin & Chris Copeland (Avengers Assemble) on board as supervising directors.
They have assembled an impressive voice cast to bring the animation to life, with Simmons and Yeun joined by Sandro Oh, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin and Max Burkholder. They will be joined by Seth Rogen, who is also working on his own feature film based on the comic, alongside Evan Goldberg.
While that film will come under Kirkman’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures, the animated series from Skybound marks Kirkman’s ongoing partnership with Amazon Studios, after he inked a first-look deal to produce projects for Amazon Prime Video. With Kirkman’s comic his second-longest-running after The Walking Dead, even though the series ended its run in 2018, Amazon will no doubt be looking to build a franchise that could prove as equally established.
The animated show will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2020.