February 3 2017

Hulu finds its Runaways

Marvel has announced that the cast has been chosen for the Runaways series coming to Hulu.

Runaways has been in the works for some time as either a movie or television series, and it was announced this past August that it would be heading to Hulu. Things have been quiet since then, but now things are finally moving forward as the six main characters have all been cast and Marvel revealed the actors for each role on Thursday.

First, you need to know what they looked like in the comic. In the image at the top of this post, from left to right: Gert Yorkes, Nico Minoru, Alex Wilder, Chase Stein, Karolina Dean and Molly Hernandez.

And now, Marvel’s announcement.

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.

Lyrica Okano (“The Affair,” “Unforgettable”) 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.

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.

Ariela Barer (“New Girl,” “One Day at a Time”) as Gert Yorkes is 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.

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.

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.

The only one I even somewhat disagree with is Acosta as Molly. She looks just slightly too old, but I can live with it. Otherwise this casting is pretty spot on I feel.

For those of you unfamiliar with Runaways, the series focuses on six teens who learn their parents are all super villains. They band together in an effort to thwart their plan which could mean the end of the world.

It sounds a bit silly at first glance, but trust me, the comic was engrossing and was a real page turner.

No word yet as to a production schedule, but with the cast chosen you have to imagine it’s moving forward soon.

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