Ellen Page

Ellen Page takes first chair in Netflix's Umbrella Academy series

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Nov 9, 2017

As Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ellen Page already has a solid resume bringing comic book characters to life, now it's about to get even more shored up, as she'll be taking on a new role in Netflix's upcoming adaptation of the dysfunctional superhero family comic, The Umbrella Academy.

From Gerard Way (who you probably know from the band My Chemical Romance) and artist Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy is a Dark Horse Comics series about a group of superpowered orphans raised by Sir Reginald Hargreeves. Seven superheroes living together? Yes, they are as dysfunctional as you might expect. But when Hargreeves dies, the group must find a way to overcome their differences and work together to figure out exactly what happened.

According to Variety, in the upcoming 10-episode series for Netflix, Page will play the character of Vanya. The outcast of the family of outcasts, Vanya doesn't appear to have any powers at all, but intensely loves music. Thus, she is known as The White Violin. In the comic, she isn't allowed to play outside with the other kids, and is often told that because of her lack of powers, she just isn't special. This led Vanya to grow up with very little self-confidence and feeling ostracized from the rest of the family.

Known for its dark, morbid humor, The Umbrella Academy is the perfect addition to Netflix's roster, providing a different type of superhero story than we've seen recently -- which is saying a lot.

(via Variety)