Last fall, it was announced that Hulu and Marvel Television were working on bringing The Runaways to life, telling the story of six super-powered teenagers that have to fight their own flesh and blood as the parents are the villains of the show. While we haven’t heard much on that project lately, other than that it is reportedly starting production in February in Los Angeles, we finally have some casting news!
Today Marvel announced the cast for the show with Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) as Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Unforgettable) as Nico Minoru, Virginia Gardner (Goat, Little Bitches) as Karolina Dean, Ariela Barer (New Girl, One Day at a Time) as Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin (Faking It, Don’t Hang Up, Anti Social) as Chase Stein and Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School, Just Add Magic) as Molly Hernandez.
Marvel also released the following character descriptions for the Runaways characters:
“Alex Wilder: 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.
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.
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.
Gert Yorkes: 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.
Chase Stein: 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.
Molly Hernandez: the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.”
In a statement from Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb, who is also working on the show, he expressed his excitement for this group of actors.
“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.”
The comic co-creator Brian K. Vaughan, who has been revealed to be working on the show as a series executive consultant, added the following.
“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.”
Executive Producers/Show-runners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who was announced to be leading the show since the initial announcement last year, talked about getting to bring these characters to life.
“We have had a total blast bringing Brian and Adrian’s amazing story to life. We’re so happy they love the Runaways we’ve assembled as much as we do.”
“Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe–their parents.”
Marvel’s Runaways, which is coming to Hulu, is set to start production in February.
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