It was initially reported in the summer that Netflix had picked up the adaptation of Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy, which tells the story of a gifted and dysfunctional superhero family brought back together after one of their own turns on them. Netflix picked up the series shortly after it was rumored, but we hadn’t heard much from the production until the first cast member was revealed this week.
Ellen Page has joined the series as Vanya Hargreeves AKA White Violin, the “black sheep” of the family, who spent most of her life unaware of her own supernatural abilities. White Violin is the reason the members of the Umbrella Academy reunite after news of their adoptive father Reginald Hargreeves AKA The Monocle’s death, and without giving too much away, we couldn’t be more excited to see Page take on the role, which promises to showcase a new side of Page that we haven’t seen on screen before.
The story follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes known as the Umbrella Academy — Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
Steve Blackman (Fargo) will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the series, which originated with a pilot script written by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist). Bluegrass Television as well as Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment also executive produce. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer.
Page is no stranger to comic book films, having played Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat in the X-Men franchise, as well as appearing in James Gunn’s Super. Her casting is the first big announcement from the upcoming Netflix production, and we can expect more to follow in the next few weeks.
The Umbrella Academy is slated to hit the streaming service in 2018.
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