For years, Marvel tried to bring its Runaways to theaters, but just couldn’t quite bring the project to fruition. Last summer, Hulu emerged with a deal to produce Runaways for television, with Marvel TV producing the series. And while news about the adaptation has been scarce, the cast has been revealed!
Via our sister site, ComingSoon, here are the six major roles from Runaways, and the actors who will portray them.
Ariela Barer (New Girl, One Day at a Time) as Gert Yorkes, a purple-haired, bespectacled, contemporary riot grrrl. Never passing up a moment to stand on a soapbox, Gert sometimes wields her persona as a brash social justice warrior to mask her true feelings.
Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Unforgettable) as Nico Minoru–tough, intelligent, and independent–embodies teenage angst. A budding “Wiccan,” Nico’s carefully crafted goth appearance isolates her from her peers and family, but maybe what she really needs is someone to talk to.
Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) as Alex Wilder is a loud-and-proud nerd. Admittedly a bit of a loner, Alex spends much of his free-time playing video games, but deep down, what he wants most is to reunite his childhood group of friends.
Gregg Sulkin (Faking It, Don’t Hang Up, Anti Social) as Chase Stein is a lacrosse-playing, high school heartthrob. While many write him off as a dumb jock, Chase exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering, not unlike his wildly successful father’s.
Virginia Gardner (Goat, Little Bitches) as Karolina Dean, model-perfect exterior with a lot going on behind her professionally whitened smile, is burdened by the lofty expectations and responsibilities put upon her by her parents. Underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, Karolina is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity and pursue her own desires.
Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School, Just Add Magic) as Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.
As envisioned by creators Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Runaways follows a group of teens who discover that their parents are secretly the supervillians known as the Pride. In response, the children rebel and strike out on their own while attempting to escape the dangerous agenda of their parents and someone even closer to them. In response to the casting, Vaughn said “I’m so excited for fans of the comic to watch this perfect cast of amazing actors, all of whom embody the spirit of their characters more than I ever could have imagined.”
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have been hired by Hulu to serve as executive producers and showrunners on the Runaways series. Production is expected to begin this year, but a premiere date on Hulu has not yet been announced.
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