THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY On Netflix Adds Mary J. Blige

Netflix announced Monday; Mary J. Blige will join the live-action series The Umbrella Academy based on the Eisner award-winning comics created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá from Dark Horse Comics.

According to Netflix, Blige is set for the series regular role of “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.

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About the series:
The live-action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as they work together to solve their father Reginald Hardgraves’ mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen as Vanya Hargreeves, Tom Hopper as “Luther,” Emmy Raver-Lampman as “Allison,” David Castañeda as “Diego,” Robert Sheehan as “Klaus,” Aidan Gallagher as “Number Five,” and now Mary J. Blige as “Cha-Cha.”

The show is produced by Universal Cable Productions, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way is a co-executive producer. Jeremy Slater adapted the pilot script.

The 10-episode season will premiere in 2018 with no specific day or month yet announced by Netflix.


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