Mary J. Blige to Star in New Netflix Series ‘The Umbrella Academy’
After picking up a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her work in the Netflix film, Mudbound, Mary J. Blige is looking to expand her acting resume even further, as she's just signed on to star in company's new series, The Umbrella Academy.
According to Deadline, the upcoming Netflix series is based on the graphic novels of the same name, written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and follow a dysfunctional superhero family trying to solve the mystery of their father's murder.
Blige has signed a one-year contract to play Cha-Cha, a time-traveling hit woman with a reputation for sadism. It'll be an interesting role for Blige, who, after the critical-acclaim she received for her last role, certainly can make a real go of it in behind the screen. She's previously had small guest appearances on black-ish and Empire and starred in the live adaptation of The Wiz but this will be her longest TV role to date, so it'll be interesting to see what it brings in terms of her acting career.
Just last last month, the nine time Grammy-winning, platinum-selling singer was finally honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after 20-plus years as one of the defining voices of soul music.
"I'm so grateful for this star right now because I've earned it probably three times," Blige said. "I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means."
No word as of yet on when The Umbrella Academy will air.
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