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Mary J. Blige to Play ‘Unorthodox Hitwoman’ in Netflix Superhero Series ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Actor/singer Mary J. Blige attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

*Mary J. Blige is sticking with Netflix for her next screen project.

Fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in the Netflix film “Mudbound,” the nine-time Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee is set to join the streamer’s upcoming original series “The Umbrella Academy,” based on the comics and graphic novels of the same name.

The live action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as they work together to solve their father Reginald Hargreeves’ mysterious death, while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

Blige will play “Cha-Cha,” a ruthless and unorthodox hitwoman who travels through time to kill assigned targets. Even though she has a few gripes about the bureaucracy of her employers, this job is her life. She is sadistic, sociopathic, and her reputation precedes her. Her true love is torture, and she thinks of herself as a “pain artist.” She really doesn’t care for people—except for her partner Hazel.

“The Umbrella Academy” is created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and produced by Universal Cable Productions. 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 will serve as co-executive producer.

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