Mary J. Blige cast in Netflix's The Umbrella Academy

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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.

She will play Cha-Cha who, according to a press release (via Pitchfork), is a "ruthless and unorthodox hitwoman who travels through time to kill assigned targets". Even though Cha-Cha's occupation is flawless for her, she has a few objections of her own regarding the ways of her employers. Known far and wide for her sadistic, sociopathic tendencies, Cha-Cha believes only in torture and pain - and cares only for her partner Hazel. She's feared throughout and prides herself on caring for no one, except for her partner, Hazel, who now remains uncast.

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Today, it was reported that actor Mary J. Blige has been cast in Netflix's adapation of Gerard Way's and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy. She'll be playing Cha Cha, one half of a psychotic pair of masked, time-travelling assassins in the original comic, tasked with eliminating fellow time-traveller and Academy member 00.05, AKA "The Boy", who will be played in the show by Aidan Gallagher. There's the Monocle, Spaceboy, the Kraken, the Rumor, the Séance, Number Five, the Horror, and the White Violin, all of whom band together to unravel the mystery behind their father's death. Netflix is similarly turning Gerard Way's critically acclaimed Umbrella Academy into a small screen series. Bluegrass Television, Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment, and Way each also receive executive producer credits.

Umbrella Academy is yet to receive a premiere date.

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