With Netflix currently developing their adaptation of Gerard Way’s hugely popular The Umbrella Academy, the upcoming series has brought in Mary J. Blige.
As announced by the on-demand streaming service, two-time Oscar nominee Blige has been brought in to play Cha-Cha, “a ruthless and unorthodox hitwoman who travels through time to kill assigned targets. Even though she has a few gripes about the bureaucracy of her employers, this job is her life. She is sadistic, sociopathic, and her reputation precedes her. Her true love is torture, and she thinks of herself as a ‘pain artist’. She really doesn’t care for people – except for her partner Hazel.”
Sounds quite the badass, no?
Already on board for The Umbrella Academy are Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan, and Aidan Gallagher.
The early blurb on this hotly-anticipated take on a comic book favourite reads:
The live-action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes – Luther (Hopper), Diego (Castaneda), Allison (Raver-Lampman), Vanya (Page), Klaus (Sheehan) and Number Five (Gallagher) – as they work together to solve their father Reginald Hargreeves’ mysterious death, while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
Fargo and Altered Carbon’s Steve Blackman is serving as executive producer and showrunner on the show, with it set to premiere its ten-episode first season later this year.