Audiences were blown away by Mary J. Blige in Mudbound, a Netflix original movie that came out in late 2017. The veteran musician gained two Academy Award nominations for her and solidified her place among the acting ranks.
Now, as if the streaming gods answered a question we didn’t even know we wanted to ask, Blige will be making her Netflix return in a live action series called The Umbrella Academy from Universal Cable Productions.
The series takes a different look at the superhero genre as it follows a family that is tearing at the seams after the death of their father. Blige, who will be playing a series regular, a character named Cha-Cha, an assassin who travels through time to take out her victims. While the character has some problems with her bosses she keeps to the work because of her skill and the fact that her reputation is known all around.
Other actors showing up in the upcoming series include Ellen Page (X-Men Days of Future Past), Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones), David Castañeda (Jane the Virgin), and Robert Sheehan (Geostorm) all playing members of The Umbrella Academy.
Based on a comic book series of the same name, the story takes place in an alternate history where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated and takes place mostly in 1977. Written and created by My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way, the series takes a darker spin on the superhero genre. Way will also be executive producing the Netflix series.
After Mudbound’s success at the end of 2017, it only makes sense that Blige would return for another big project of a site that is putting out some of the best content on TV today.
Little has been revealed about the series but we do know that it is approved for a ten-episode debut season and will show up sometime this year on Netflix.