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Mary J. Blige Joins Netflix Series 'The Umbrella Academy'

15 February 2018

It had previously been confirmed that the likes of Ellen Page, Misfits star Robert Sheehan and Game Of Thrones actor Tom Hopper would star alongside Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, and Aidan Gallagher.

Blige will play Cha-Cha, a sadistic hit woman who time-travels to kill her targets. Even though she has a few gripes about the bureaucracy of her employers, this job is her life. She has a reputation for sadism and only cares about her partner, Hazel.

She's a pretty vicious assassin too, describing herself as a "pain artist" who has a significant passion for torture. Blige will embody the character Cha-Cha, one half of a murderous duo with no compunctions about being extra bloody and gory about their exploits. The project, adapted from the Gerard Way comic series of the same name, marks Blige's first foray into television. The family is forced to come together to solve the mystery of their father's murder. Published by Dark Horse Comics and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy takes place in an alternate reality where the JFK assassination never occurred.

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.

Blige is reteaming with Netflix after the streaming service distributed her critically-acclaimed film Mudbound.

So what is Umbrella Academy? Way is a co-executive producer. The 10-episode drama does not yet have a premiere date.

Mary J. Blige Joins Netflix Series 'The Umbrella Academy'