Fresh off the back of her two Academy Award nominations for Netflix hit Mudbound, Mary J Blige is joining forces with the streaming service once again for a key co-starring role on Netflix’s upcoming The Umbrella Academy.
Based on the award-winning series of graphic novels written by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy follows an estranged family of superheroes who reunite to work together, solve their father’s mysterious death and try to save the world one more time.
In the series, Blige will play Cha-Cha, a ruthless and unorthodox time-travelling hitwoman. According to Deadline, although she’s not a fan of the bureaucracy of her employers, the job is her life and she’s described as “sadistic”, “sociopathic” and thinks of herself as a “pain artist”.
So we think we can all agree that Mary J Blige is going to be incredible in this role, right?
Blige has signed up to a one-year deal on the series, marking her biggest TV series commitment to date following guest stints on the likes of Black-ish and Empire.
Cha-Cha first appears in the comics’ second issue – where he was introduced as male – when he and his partner Hazel are sent back in time to kill the Umbrella Academy member Number Five.
Alongside Blige, the series also stars Inception‘s Ellen Page, Misfits‘ Robert Sheehan and Game of Thrones‘ Tom Hopper, as well as David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Aidan Gallagher as members of the Umbrella Academy’s Hargreeves family.
Legion and Altered Carbon producer Steve Blackman will serve as showrunner, while Gerard Way himself will serve as co-executive producer.
Filming for The Umbrella Academy began last month in Toronto, and the series is expected to premiere on Netflix later in 2018.
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