Netflix is bringing the world of the Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba comic series The Umbrella Academy to life with a 10-episode series order to premiere in 2018. Ellen Page (Inception, Juno) has joined the cast, according to Variety. Page will play the family black sheep, Vanya. “She’s the only one of Reginald Hargreeves’ adopted children with no supernatural abilities. A meek and insecure wallflower, Vanya struggles to find her place in the world.”
Based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels, the series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) — The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the comic series garnered much praise from fans and critics alike for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.
The Umbrella Academy will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist).
The series has previously been in development for feature adaptations, none of which have materialized, but it has been shopped around for TV since 2015.
Ellen Page is known for her work in films like Juno, X-Men: Days of Future Past and the recent Flatliners. She also produces and stars in the Emmy-nominated documentary Gaycation, which she created.
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