As we edge closer to September 4th’s premiere of season 2 of The Boys on Amazon Prime, the streaming network has just dropped some great casting news. Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Killjoys, The Rookie) has signed on to play Lamplighter. If you aren’t familiar with the character, he plays a pretty important role in the overall story. On one side, he is “a former superstar and a member of the Seven before he left under mysterious circumstances to be replaced by Starlight,” and on top of that “He’s actually the reason they broke up 8 years ago. So when he enters their lives again, he dredges up painful memories, pokes at their raw nerves, and changes everything.”

Here’s what Ashmore had to say about his new Superhero gig:

“I watched the show before I was cast, so I sort of knew [Lamplighter] and I was wondering about this character. What was fun for me stepping in is that a lot of the mythology and the backstories are already built, and I was asking myself who is this character? What is this character? There’s going to be a preconceived notion of who this character is based on his actions, based on how people talk about him. What the show does well with everybody including Lamplighter is peel some of those layers back.”

Here’s the statement from The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke:

“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.”