Ellen Page

Umbrella Academy’s Ellen Page sounds off on returning to play a superhero

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Feb 16, 2018

Ellen Page is making a big return to the world of superheroes, but whether that includes a stop off at the X-Mansion remains to be seen.

The actress, who stars in next week's post-zombie drama The Cured, is in the midst of filming the first season of Netflix's adaptation of The Umbrella Academy, the Eisner-winning comic book created by Gerard Way. Page will star as Vanya Hargreeves, a loner character who eventually goes by the name White Violin. An outsider and a musician, the character is right in Page's wheelhouse, and unsurprisingly she raves about her time on set.

"We just finished the first episode and have a little break before going to shoot the last nine episodes," the Oscar-nominated actress and producer told SYFY WIRE on Friday. "It’s just an awesome group of actors and a wonderful crew and group of people. Mary J. Blige just signed on, which I am so excited about. That's sort of where my focus is right now, and I'm just having a great time."

Page said that Way, who is listed as an executive producer on the series, has been an active presence during production. He was there for the table read, Page explained, as well as the first day of shooting. How Way will be involved should be interesting to watch; he wrote The Umbrella Academy as a limited series, with three runs comprising four issues each. That means there is limited source material, though each volume would logically make up the spine of a season of TV.

Page raved about the writing on the series but couldn't speak to the possibility of future seasons. She was also largely mum when it came to her first comic book role, Kitty Pryde, the X-Men character that will be the focus of a new spin-off movie. She played the role in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, but when asked if she'd return to the character for the Kitty Pryde spinoff, which will be directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller, she deferred.

"I couldn’t tell you at this point," Page said. "I love that character but I don’t have an answer about it right now."

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