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Mary J. Blige to play time-travelling assassin in Netflix show based on Gerard Way comic

Singer Mary J. Blige is joining a new Netflix show (Picture: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

Mary J. Blige has been cast in new Netflix show Umbrellla Academy, based on the comic by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

The 47-year-old singer and actress, who was recently nominated for two Academy Awards for Netflix flick Mudbound, is set to take her acting talents to a TV series.

So what is Umbrella Academy? The Eisner Award-winning comic follows a dysfunctional family of superheroes: the Monocle, Spaceboy, the Kraken, the Rumor, the Séance, Number Five, the Horror and the White Violin.