Mary J. Blige now a two-time Academy Award nominee, will co-star in Netflix’s live action series, The Umbrella Academy.
Written by Jeremy Slater based on the popular graphic novels, the story follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes known as the Umbrella Academy — Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Vanya (Ellen Page), Klaus (Robert Sheehan) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
Mary will play the series regular role of 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.
Blige was nominated for an Oscar in a supporting role for “Mudbound.” She also received a nomination for co-writing the song “Mighty River” from the film. She also snagged Golden Globe and SAG Award noms.