Ellen Page has been brought on board to star in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the popular graphic novel The Umbrella Academy, created by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.

The story follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes, known as The Umbrella AcademyLuther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as together they try to solve their father’s mysterious death, whilst also dealing with coming apart at the seams due to their completely conflicting personalities and abilities.

Page is set to play Vanya, the black sheep of this dysfunctional family, as the only one of Reginald Hargreeves’ adopted children without supernatural abilities. A meek wallflower, Vanya has difficulty finding her place in the world.

Fargo’s Steve Blackman will serve as executive producer and showrunner for the show, which began as a pilot script written by The Exorcist’s Jeremy Slater. Bluegrass Television as well as Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment will also executive produce, along with creator Gerard Way, who will co-executive produce.

The Umbrella Academy is set for a premiere in 2018, hailing from Universal Cable Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment.

 

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