Marvel Casts Its Runaways!

Marvel Television announced today the cast for Marvel’s Runaways, the television adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphonse’s comic book series about the children of supervillains who tap into their own powers to fight their families’ legacies. Premiering on Hulu (no date set), the series will follow “six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe—their parents.”

Below find the names and character descriptions (from Marvel’s release) for the six original Runaways:

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

“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,” Vaughan said in a press release. Executive producers and showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage added, “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.”

This looks like an excellent cast—Rhenzy Feliz was great on Casual—but Karolina and Molly are especially perfect. Can’t wait to see the first trailer!

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