GEN V Showrunner On Decision To "Re-Craft" Season 2 In The Wake Of Chance Perdomo's Tragic Death

GEN V Showrunner On Decision To "Re-Craft" Season 2 In The Wake Of Chance Perdomo's Tragic Death GEN V Showrunner On Decision To "Re-Craft" Season 2 In The Wake Of Chance Perdomo's Tragic Death

Chance Perdomo tragically passed away after a motorcycle accident back in March, and Gen V showrunner Eric Kripke has now addressed the decision to revamp the second season without his character, Andre.

By MarkCassidy - May 24, 2024 12:05 PM EST
Filed Under: The Boys

Back in March, we got the tragic news that 27-year-old Gen V actor Chance Perdomo had passed away after a motorcycle accident.

Perdomo had been a major part of The Boys spin-off series, and his character, Andre Anderson, was going to feature heavily in the planned second season.

Showrunner Eric Kripke and the show's producers recently put out a joint statement confirming that another actor would not be brought in to play Andre, and the season would instead be "re-crafted" to pay tribute to Perdomo.

"As we continue to navigate the tragic loss of Chance Perdomo, everyone at Gen V is determined to find the best way to pay respect to his memory. We won't be recasting the role, because no one can replace Chance. Instead, we have been taking the time and space to re-craft our season 2 storylines as we begin production in May. We will honor Chance and his legacy this season."

During a new interview with EW, Kripke reveals that they were only a week away from shooting when Perdomo died, but he feels that completely revamping the story to work without Andre was "the least we could do."

"I really feel for the actors because they were such a family. I know it's really hard on a lot of them."

"It's been challenging, to say the least," Kripke went on. "We were a week away from shooting when Chance passed away tragically. So we had to almost rethink everything, and in just a matter of weeks. But what I tell people when they say 'wow, that's really crazy or difficult' [is] that pales in comparison to what his friends and loved ones are going through. It's the least we could do."

How season 2 of Gen V will play out without Andre obviously remains to be seen, but the upcoming fourth season of The Boys might give us a better idea of what to expect from his fellow Godolkin Supes Marie, Jordan, Emma, Cate and Sam after the explosive events of the Gen V finale.

Gen V is partially based on the "We Gotta Go Now" story arc from The Boys comic series, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. The show takes place between the events of The Boys season 3 and 4.

In Gen V, the students at Godolkin will be "put their physical and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the school’s highly coveted top ranking. They quickly come to learn that ambition comes with sacrifice, and the difference between right and wrong is not as clear as they once believed. When the university’s dark secrets come to light, the students must come to grips with what type of heroes they are going to become.”

Gen V also stars Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas and Marco Pigossi. The series guest stars Clancy Brown and Jason Ritter, while Jessie T. Usher, Claudia Doumit, Colby Minifie, and P.J. Byrne reprise their roles from The Boys.

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VISIONaryNPa1
VISIONaryNPa1 - 5/24/2024, 12:08 PM
So sad. He was great. Good on them for not just recasting
Origame
Origame - 5/24/2024, 12:09 PM
Great. This is tchalla all over again.

Look, outside of an honorable mention in the credits, having the story restructured like this to avoid recasting and "honor" the dead actor simply comes across as a product capitalizing on a person's passing. All the while compromising the intended story.

Just recast. It's been done thousands of times before. And people genuinely accept the recast as necessary.
Ironnick
Ironnick - 5/24/2024, 12:23 PM
@Origame - you know, you don’t have to comment in every article.
Origame
Origame - 5/24/2024, 12:36 PM
@Ironnick - you know, you don't have to be a pr!ck in every article.
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 5/24/2024, 12:54 PM
@Ironnick - its ok i allow it
TheyDont
TheyDont - 5/24/2024, 12:57 PM
@Origame - They recast even living actors. Recasting a dead one is a no-brainer.
Origame
Origame - 5/24/2024, 1:15 PM
@TheyDont - exactly. It's just standard.
SheepishOne
SheepishOne - 5/24/2024, 1:52 PM
@Origame - I dunno, I kinda see both sides of it. When it’s a character like T’Challa who has existed for decades in other mediums, I think the appropriate decision would be to recast, as the character is bigger than one actor. But for an original character whose introduction to the lore is defined by a single actor, I think it’s reasonable to retire the character and rewrite the story. Not saying that’s always the best choice, but I don’t see that as capitalizing on an actor’s passing. I do feel as though Wakanda Forever capitalized on Boseman’s passing, to the point that the character’s death was the focus of the trailer. Don’t feel that here, though.

Gen V was always going to be a gamble, and it was largely successful because of the cast and their chemistry. Attributing its success in part to Chance and not wanting a replacement actor to take over feels like an empathetic decision.

dracula
dracula - 5/24/2024, 1:55 PM
@Origame - yeah as much as i liked Wakanda forever, after some time to evaluate it, really feels like they exploited Chadwick’s passing

Really its not even that they killed t’challa off its the way they did it

They did everything possible to turn him into a stand in for chadwick when chadwick’s choices make no senwe for t’challa to make

Can think of plenty of shows that killed off characters after actors died but never seen it taken that far

Could have had him die from long term effects of his first battle with killmonger

But no they make it an illnesss that he told nobody about until it was too late
Origame
Origame - 5/24/2024, 2:39 PM
@SheepishOne - yeah no. The only exception I can think of is if it's in one season or one movie, where most is filmed before the person dies. In which case, that would be disrespectful to recast or jarring to switch between actors (unless it's something like imaginarium).

Otherwise it's a character clearly meant to have a big impact on the story suddenly dying off screen and the story being so devoted to their death for no in universe reason.

Wakanda forever is a prime example where this advanced civilization suddenly can't cure a simple condition to save their king off screen.
Origame
Origame - 5/24/2024, 2:40 PM
@dracula - exactly. It's just corporations using a famous death to sell their crappy show or movie.
LeonNova
LeonNova - 5/24/2024, 7:41 PM
@Origame - It’s a little different from T’Challa IMO. T’Challa is an established, iconic, and important Marvel character. He existed in multiple mediums before Chadwick Boseman played the role and will continue to even now that Chadwick’s gone. Killing him off after only one solo film is wild. Imagine killing Stark after IM1 or Rogers after CA:TFA. Meanwhile Chance’s character on Gen V is a completely original character made for the show. No one ever played the character before Chance, he originated the role.
Origame
Origame - 5/24/2024, 8:21 PM
@LeonNova - thats not the point. The point is hijacking an established story to play into a real world death. Which is not only poor storytelling but also disrespectful as it's capitalizing on their death.
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 5/24/2024, 12:10 PM
Never recast
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 5/24/2024, 12:55 PM
@Malatrova15 - Not even with Major Johnathan? 😲
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 5/24/2024, 1:46 PM
@Feralwookiee - who dat?
dracula
dracula - 5/24/2024, 1:56 PM
@Feralwookiee - or jussie smollet
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 5/24/2024, 1:57 PM
@Malatrova15 - He was Kangz n shit.
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 5/24/2024, 2:02 PM
@dracula - easy there now..that man is a national hero 😡
AnthonyVonGeek
AnthonyVonGeek - 5/24/2024, 1:02 PM
I wasn’t too keen on the idea of this show after I saw the trailers cause it looked like Beverly Hills 90210 meets The Boys but I was happily proven wrong and really enjoyed it. So sad about what happened I liked Chances character and story arc.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 5/24/2024, 1:40 PM

He was good, but it's not like he was iconic like Denzel, Streep, or Eastwood.

They should just recast and move on.

Apophis71
Apophis71 - 5/24/2024, 2:15 PM
@DocSpock - They only had one week to do so, recast would have put production back months at minimum so...

...as always I get both sides of the argument in cases like this, recasting can work well and sometimes the new actor can be better but a week from starting filming isn't long for the cast and crew to come to terms with a loss and make the call even before considering how long doing casting calls, auditions and screen tests would take if they went the other way.

There could have been a middle option of missing to delay dealing with the sittuation at hand and depending how they deal with it in rewrites being a comic related thing always ways they can bring the character back with a recast down the road.
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 5/24/2024, 1:50 PM
Shame. He was really good on Sabrina.

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