Ellen Page to Lead 'The Umbrella Academy' Series

Posted 2017/11/12 0 0

Ellen Page has been cast in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the popular comics and graphic novel series “The Umbrella Academy.”

 

The X-Men: Days of Future Past and Juno actress has become the first person cast in Netflix's highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Dark Horse Comics' The Umbrella Academy. Back in July, the streaming service announced they were partnering with Way, the frontman of My Chemical Romance until they disbanded in 2013, to bring the story to the screen. “The Umbrella Academy” series is based on the graphic novels of the same name created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá. The pilot script was adapted by “The Exorcist’s” Jeremy Slater. According to Netflix, The Umbrella Academy adaptation follows a “dysfunctional family of superheroes … as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.” The series was praised for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.

Page will play Vanya, the black sheep of the family, the only one of the children adopted by the late Ronald Hargreeves who has no supernatural powers. She's introverted and insecure and looking to find her place in this world. Fargo producer Steve Blackman is running the show with Way on as a fellow producer.

Page created, produces and stars in the two-time Emmy-nominated documentary series Gaycation, which follows Page and her best friend Ian Daniel around the world as they explore LGBTQ cultures. On the film side, Page can be seen in Flatliners opposite Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Kiersey Clemons and James Norton. With her co-star Kate Mara, Page developed and produced the independent drama My Days of Mercy, which premiered at September’s Toronto Film Festival, She also can be seen in writer-director David Freyne’s visionary drama The Cured, opposite Sam Keeley, which also premiered at Toronto, and she was the voice of Rosy in Claude Barras’ 2016 Oscar-nominated animated feature, My Life as a Zucchini.

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