Mary J. Blige, two-time Academy Award nominee for Mudbound, is headed to television with a key co-starring role on Netflix’s upcoming live-action series The Umbrella Academy.

The series is based on the popular graphic novels penned by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and 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.

Blige will play the series regular role of Cha-Cha, a ruthless and unorthodox hit woman 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.

This marks the biggest TV series commitment to date for Blige, who has done guest starring stints on such shows as Empire and Black-ish. She also starred on NBC’s highly rated production of The Wiz Live!

The nine-time Grammy winner recently made Oscar history as the first person ever to be nominated for an acting performance and an original song in a single year.  She received Oscar nominations as actress in a supporting role for Mudbound and for co-writing the song Mighty River.  She also earned two Golden Globe nominations in the same categories for Mudbound and two SAG Award nominations, for supporting actress and ensemble cast.  Her Mudbound role has also earned her nominations for Critics’ Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award and a trophy for Breakout Actress at the Hollywood Film Awards.

 

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