Mary J. Blige Joins 'Umbrella Academy' Series at Netflix

Mary J. Blige Joins 'Umbrella Academy' Series at Netflix

American singer and songwriter Mary J. Blige seems to be chose to fully commit to television, as she is all set to co-star in the upcoming Netflix series "Umbrella Academy".

The series will also star Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Ellen Page with additional roles still to be cast. Even her employers have her ire, due to their reliance on bureaucracy. She is sadistic, reports variety.com.

Cha Cha is a ruthless villain in the Umbrella Academy universe and considers herself to be a "pain artist". Ms. Blige has signed on for a one year deal to take on the role of Cha-Cha, a time traveling assassin whose characteristics include sadism, sociopathy and a fondness for torture.

There has been no premiere date specified for the 10-episode drama series yet. The streaming service is also expanding its superhero and comic book-based content, even as Disney readies its streaming service to serve as the home for future streaming Marvel TV shows. The latter will play Violet Hargreeves, the focal point of conflict in the first volume of The Umbrella Academy, subtitled Apocalypse Suite.

Umbrella Academy follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (aka the Umbrella Academy): the Monocle, Spaceboy, the Kraken, the Rumor, the Séance, Number Five, the Horror and the White Violin.

Universal Cable Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Bluegrass Television are producing the series with Steve Blackman (Fargo) serving as showrunner and executive producer alongside Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment.