Ellen Page is all set to play one of the leads in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. The live-action show is based on Gerard Way’s graphic novels and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. The series will follow estranged members of a family of superheroes, who are known as the Umbrella Academy. The heroes -- Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Number Five and Klaus -- will work to explain their father’s mysterious death while dealing with differing personalities and superpowers.
Page will play Vanya, the black sheep of the family. She is the only one of Reginald Hargreaves’ adopted children who does not possess supernatural abilities. Her personality, described as meek and insecure, makes it hard for her to find her place in the world. However, she does have a strong love for music, which led to her being known as The White Violin.
The actress is known for her role in the Indie comedy, Juno, where she played a pregnant high school student who wanted to give her child up for adoption. After taking on the critically acclaimed role, Page went on to play major roles in films like, “Inception,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Flatliners.” Page also created, produced and stars in the Emmy nominated documentary series, “Gaycation.” The series follows Page and her best friend, Ian Daniel as they explore LGBT culture around the world. Some of their adventures include Washington D.C. during the inauguration of President Trump, Orlando after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Japan, France, Brazil, the Southern United States and Jamaica.
Page’s addition to the morbid superhero series seems a perfect fit considering her breakout role in Juno, which followed a pregnant teen trying to find her way. Her work with ‘Gaycation,’ a series that is known for giving voice to members of LGBT communities, proves that she has the empathetic qualities needed to play a character like Vanya. The Umbrella Academy should be a great addition to Netflix. Viewers should find it refreshing to see a different take on the usual superhero story.
When the series was picked up by the streaming service, Cindy Holland, VP of Original at Netflix, said: "What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized. These aren’t the usual superheroes, and this series will embrace the singular tone of the graphic novels — dark yet humorous, supernatural yet grounded in reality. We’re excited to see this world and introduce these unforgettable heroes to Netflix members around the globe."
The series will join a long list of Marvel dramas, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher.The 10 episode series is scheduled to premiere in 2018.