After Mary J. Blige hit an Oscar-nominated performance on Netflix’s Mudbound, the legendary singer is making a comeback on the streaming service with an original comic book-inspired series titled The Umbrella Academy, Deadline reports. Steve Blackman reportedly serves as the series’ executive producer.
Last year, it was reported that the streaming giant picked up Umbrella Academy for a 10-episode run. The graphic novel series follows a dysfunctional family of superheroes known as the Umbrella Academy who unite to solve the mystery behind their father’s death. Blige will play Cha-Cha, a “ruthless and unorthodox hitwoman who travels through time to kill assigned targets,” according to a press release.
Blige, who reportedly signed a one-year deal with the series, will be playing the role of Cha-Cha. The character is a socio-path who travels within different time periods to kill her main targets, and she’s known to be a killer without any type of remorse. It’s in her DNA to be destructive.
In her new role, the Grammy Award-winning singer joins Ellen Page, Aidan Gallagher, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, and Robert Sheehan. This marks Blige’s first big television role; she’s had guest spots on The Wiz Live!, Empire, and Black-ish. There’s no premiere date as of yet.