Mary J. Blige Joins Netflix's "Umbrella Academy"

The 'Mudbound' Academy Award nominee will be a series regular in the adaption of Gerard Way's comics

Grammy victor and Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige ("Mudbound") has joined Netflix superhero series "The Umbrella Academy". The stone-cold killer only cares for partner Hazel, who has yet to be cast. Umbrella Academy will take her from the real world into the fantastical world of superheroes.

The graphic novels follow the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional superhero family, trying to solve the mystery of their father's murder.

Blige is teaming up with Netflix for a series called "The Umbrella Academy". She loves to torture her victims, referring to herself as a "pain artist". She is sadistic, sociopathic, and her reputation precedes her.

The role reunites Blige and Netflix, with the iconic musician having appeared in the streamer's Oscar-nominated film "Mudbound". Even her employers have her ire, due to their reliance on bureaucracy. She'll be playing Cha Cha, one half of a psychotic pair of masked, time-travelling assassins in the original comic, tasked with eliminating fellow time-traveller and Academy member 00.05, AKA "The Boy", who will be played in the show by Aidan Gallagher.

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This is Blige's longest stint on a television series to date.

Blige is sticking with Netflix for her next screen project.

Universal Cable Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Bluegrass Television are producing the series with Steve Blackman (Fargo) serving as showrunner and executive producer alongside Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment.

Alongside Blige, the show is set to star Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones). Gerard Way is a co-executive producer.

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