The comic book version of Marvel’s “Runaways” had one of the more unique, fresh premises to come along in a while. Six teenagers that knew each other because their parents’ were in the same book club together, find out that said book club is a front for an evil cabal of super villains. Naturally, the kids don’t like this idea and they…well, spoiler alert, runaway.
Okay, so I don’t think it was really a book club, but you get the idea. And it’s great, because what teenager, at one point or another, doesn’t feel like their parents are evil and conspiring against them?
Eventually, the writers abandoned the initial premise and the book went a little off the rails, but in its initial run, it was a stellar read. Which is why when Marvel announced they were bringing the teens to Hulu and giving them their own series, it was a good day.
Today, it gets a little better because hot on the heels of the Cloak and Dagger casting announcements (Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, for the show on Freeform, which begins filming in a couple weeks), Marvel has officially revealed its cast for Runaways, which is scheduled to begin filming the same day as C&D.
First up, Alex Wilder will be played by Rhenzy Feliz (Casual).
The character of Alex is described as “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.”
Next, we have Nico Minoru, who eventually becomes the de facto leader of the group and will be played by Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Pimp).
Nico is described as “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.”
Next, we have Karolina Dean (no relation to Paula), who will be portrayed on the screen by Virginia Gardner, who you may know from Project Almanac or The Goldbergs. Karolina has a “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.”
Next, Gert Yorkes, the smart one in the group (if I remember correctly), will be brought to life by Ariela Barer, who you may remember as a Young Cece on Fox’s New Girl. Gert “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 (MTV’s Faking It) will be bringing his abs along to the eye-candy role of Chase Stein, the “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.”
And of course we saved the strongest for last as little mutant (though probably more likely Inhuman, due to Fox holding the mutant film rights) Molly Hayes, “the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.” She’ll be played by Allegra Acosta, from 100 Things to do Before High School.
Of course, all involved with the project had nothing but glowing things to say about the cast.
“The fun and chemistry that this group of talented actors create is wonderful and we’re so excited to bring these beloved characters to life,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, who will also serve as the show’s Executive Producer.
Brian K. Vaughn, who was co-creator of the comic and will serve as consultant on the series, 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.”
No other casting was given, though as the show nears its production date, more information will be coming out soon.
“Marvel’s Runaways” is executive produced by series showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (“THE O.C.,” “GOSSIP GIRL”) along with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”) Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski will produce as well. Marvel’s Runaways is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios.