Mary J. Blige to Play Hitwoman in New Netflix Drama

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Mary J. Blige is returning to the small screen in a big way. 

The music legend has joined the cast of Netflix's Umbrella Academy in the role of Cha-Cha, a “ruthless and unorthodox hitwoman who travels through time to kill assigned targets.”

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Sounds ominous, right? The series is based on the comic book series of the same name. Yes, it's another comic book adaptation. 

Blige will join a talented cast that includes the likes of Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher. 

The series follows a disbanded group of superheroes reunite after their adoptive father dies.

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The adoptive father was the one who taught them how to be superheroes, so the death is going to affect them in a big way. 

Blige is probably best known for her music career. Through her time in the spotlight, she has released 13 studio albums. 

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Blige has won a colossal nine Grammys from 31 nominations. That's not to say she is only known for being in the world of music. 

The 47-year-old most recently appeared in two episodes of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder as Ro. Before that, she appeared as Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West on The Wiz Live!

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The Umbrella Academy has been in the works since July 2015. The pilot episode was penned by Jeremy Slater (Death Note).

Production officially kicked off last month, and Netflix is apparently eyeing a 2018 launch for the show. 

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Paul Dailly is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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