Netflix may be having a lot of success with its ever-growing slate of Marvel shows, but the streaming giant is looking to delve deeper into the superhero genre. This past July, Netflix ordered a 10-episode live-action adaptation of Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way's popular graphic novel, The Umbrella Academy.
Set in the '70s, in a timeline where President John F. Kennedy was never killed, the story is about seven super-powered babies who were adopted by Sir. Reginald Hargreeves, an alien masquerading as a businessman (I know, don't think too much about it). Hargreeves trained these kids as a superhero team known as The Umbrella Academy in order to defend Earth from evil.
As time passed, though, the team disbanded. Reginald passed away, and one of the siblings became a super villain. With nothing else to lose, the remaining heroes regrouped and vowed to become do-gooders (kinda) once again. All caught up? Great. With that out of the way, there is good news for fans of the graphic novel because Netflix has found its leading actress.
Get Ready To Welcome Ellen Page To Your Ranks
According to The Hollywood Reporter, #EllenPage has become the first person to be cast in the show and will be playing Vanya Hargreeves. Curiously, the actress is quite versed in the live-action comic book scene by now. She played Kitty Pride in X-Men: The Last Stand and Days of Future Past, and she starred alongside Rainn Wilson in James Gunn's Super, a dark comedic take on the genre.
In case you need a little refresher on Vanya and her role in The Umbrella Academy, I got you covered. Unlike her six other siblings, the young woman supposedly had no special abilities, and she grew up alienated by her own family as a result. She was constantly being left out of missions and told she wasn't special. That treatment didn't end well, as she became an outcast with major confidence issues.
Eventually, her upbringing led her down a very dangerous path. Remember the member of The Umbrella Academy that went bad? Well, that's her. Now, don't be disappointed by the fact that Page won't be playing a hero, because her character has quite an interesting villainous arc.
After The Umbrella Academy disbanded, Vanya wrote a tell-all book on her life as a superhero, and confessed her constant sense of loneliness. Her siblings continued ignoring her after their father passed away, but even with the rejection, Vanya tried to make things right by giving their relationship another shot. Unfortunately, her second chance didn't work. The seven young crime-fighters fought and parted ways once again.
Shortly after that altercation, Vanya was approached by a guy named The Conductor, who revealed that her adoptive father experimented on her and her siblings while they were asleep. During these testings, Reginald Hargreeves learned Vanya wasn't normal, as everyone believed. Nope — she was actually the most powerful member of The Umbrella Academy.
Trying to take advantage of her abilities, The Conductor subjected Vanya to a gruesome experimental process, where he changed her appearance and amped up her powers. These augmentations came with a price, though, as she lost her mind and developed an insatiable urge for violence. Turned deranged, Vanya murdered her captor and decided to go against her family.
That's quite a backstory, isn't it? Given that we've grown used to seeing Page being a hero/antihero, it'll be exciting to see her get into the skin of a villain with strong psychological problems.
All that's left is to do is wait for the casting of Vanya's six other siblings: The Boy, Spaceboy, The Rumor, The Kraken, The Horror, The Séance and of course, the Academy's patriarch, Reginald Hargreeves. Taking Page's brilliant casting into account, I can't wait to see who Netflix will pick as the show's other leads.
The Umbrella Academy is set to premiere on Netflix some time in 2018.
What do you think about Ellen Page getting cast in Umbrella Academy? Would you have liked her take on a super-powered role? Let me know in the comments!
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)