Elliot Page Will Continue to Star in 'The Umbrella Academy' as Netflix Updates His Past Credits

Elliot Page Will Continue to Star in 'The Umbrella Academy' as Netflix Updates His Past Credits

12/02/2020

Following Elliot Page‘s announcement that he is transgender, Netflix confirmed that the actor will continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy. The character, one of the lead roles in Netflix’s major superhero series hit, will reportedly remain a cisgender woman.

Variety reports that Elliot Page will retain his role as Vanya Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy, the superhero series based on the comic book series of the same name written by Gerard Way. The character of Vanya is a cisgender woman who has the superpower of unleashing force through the use of sound. Page, who yesterday in a message on Twitter announced that he is a gender non-binary transgender person, will continue to play the character with no current plans to change the character’s gender, according to Variety.

“I love that I am trans. I love that I am queer. And the more that I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive,” Page wrote in his powerful, heartfelt statement.

Though the support for Page was widespread across social media and among other celebrities, many wondered whether his announcement would prove a problem for The Umbrella Academy. But the show, which follows a group of adopted sibling superheroes who team up to solve the mystery of their father’s death (and ward off a potential apocalypse), is in the very flexible superhero genre, meaning that any potential changes to characters’ genders could ostensibly be worked into the story. But as sources tell Variety, that likely won’t happen as the show intends to keep Vanya as a cisgender woman.

The Umbrella Academy recently aired its second season in July. It has been renewed for a third season by Netflix.

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