Marvel has finally found its Runaways!
Marvel Television has announced the first group of actors cast for the Hulu superhero series based on the award-winning Marvel comics created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Marvel's Runaways will "tell the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents."
So, who are our six Runaways? Here's the list of actors and their character descriptions (with additional casting news to be announced at a later date):
Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) as Alex Wilder is a loud-and-proud nerd. Admittedly a bit of a loner, Alex spends much of his free time playing video games, but deep down, what he wants most is to reunite his childhood group of friends.
Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Unforgettable) as Nico Minoru – tough, intelligent, and independent, the embodiment of teenage angst. A budding Wiccan, Nico's carefully crafted goth appearance isolates her from her peers and family, but maybe what she really needs is someone to talk to.
Virginia Gardner (Goat, Little Bitches) as Karolina Dean, model-perfect exterior with a lot going on behind her professionally whitened smile, though burdened by the lofty expectations and responsibilities put upon her by her parents. Underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, Karolina is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity and pursue her own desires.
Ariela Barer (New Girl, One Day at a Time) as Gert Yorkes is a purple-haired, bespectacled, contemporary riot grrrl. Never passing up a moment to stand on a soapbox, Gert sometimes wields her persona as a brash social justice warrior to mask her true feelings.
Gregg Sulkin (Faking It, Don’t Hang Up, Anti Social) as Chase Stein is a lacrosse-playing, high school heartthrob. While many write him off as a dumb jock, Chase exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering, not unlike his wildly successful father.
Allegra Acosta (100 Things to Do Before High School, Just Add Magic) as Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.
Marvel is definitely on a roll, what with the bazillion new TV series set to premiere this year across several platforms and networks (Iron Fist, Legion, The Inhumans, The Defenders and The Punisher come to mind off the top of my head) ... and this announcement is the icing on the cake following the recent casting news for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Freeform (also slated to premiere sometime this year).
It’s a good time to be a Marvel fan.
Runaways hails from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Marvel Television and ABC Signature. Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil) will executive-produce alongside Schwartz and Savage.
What do you guys think of the casting?