Mary J. Blige to Play Sadistic Hitwoman in Netflix's Umbrella Academy Series

The 'Mudbound' Academy Award nominee will be a series regular in the adaption of Gerard Way's comics

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Blige, two-time Academy Award nominee for Mudbound, is headed to television with a key co-starring role on The Umbrella Academy, Netflix's upcoming live-action series from Universal Cable Prods.

Together, they work to solve their father's mysterious death while coming apart at the seams because of their divergent personalities and abilities.

It had previously been confirmed that the likes of Ellen Page, Misfits star Robert Sheehan and Game Of Thrones actor Tom Hopper would star alongside Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, and Aidan Gallagher. Even her employers have her ire, due to their reliance on bureaucracy. She has a reputation for sadism and only cares about her partner, Hazel. It'll be an interesting role for Blige, who, after the critical-acclaim she received for her last role, certainly can make a real go of it in behind the screen. Blige has guest-starred on "Empire", "30 Rock", and a few other shows, but "The Umbrella Academy" will be her first regular series commitment. Ms. Blige has signed on for a one year deal to take on the role of Cha-Cha, a time traveling assassin whose characteristics include sadism, sociopathy and a fondness for torture.

Blige is sticking with Netflix. 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 is a co-executive producer.

Netflix's adaptation of "The Umbrella Academy" is already shaping up to be something memorable.

Umbrella Academy is yet to receive a premiere date.

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