The first teaser for The Umbrella Academy at Netflix dropped this weekend. The series is a TV adaptation based on the comics of the same name from My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way.
The live-action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as they work together to solve their father Reginald Hardgraves’ mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. It takes place in an alternate universe where the assassination of JFK did not happen.
Mary J. Blige and Emmy Raver-Lampman are series regulars as Cha-Cha and Allison / The Rumor.
Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Ellen Page also star.
Blige’s role, set as a one-year deal, for now, is described as the following: Cha-Cha is a ruthless and unorthodox hitwoman who travels through time to kill assigned targets. Even though she has a few gripes about the bureaucracy of her employers, this job is her life. She is sadistic, sociopathic, and her reputation precedes her. Her true love is torture, and she thinks of herself as a “pain artist.” She really doesn’t care for people—except for her partner Hazel.
Universal Cable Productions will produce The Umbrella Academy. 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).