With the news of the casting for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger recently happening, the Marvel TV universe is continuing to expand. Many were left wondering, “Well what about Runaways?” The popular comic book created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona has been one that fans wanted to see and have been eagerly anticipating. At first, it was going to be adapted as a movie, but instead, Marvel focused on The Avengers. It was decided that it would be better served as a TV series. However, there has not been much news about the show, other than the announcement of the show going to be on Hulu and Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage serving as showrunners for the show. However, we now have a cast.
Today, Marvel announced its cast for the teenagers who run away from their evil supervillain Parents (known as “The Pride”) and end up becoming heroes themselves. Some of them are aliens, mutants (even though the MCU doesn’t say that word), witches, have mind-linked time-traveling dinosaurs from the future as bodyguards, and robotic “fistagons” as weapons. Here is the cast:
Ariela Barer (New Girl, One Day at a Time) as 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.
Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Unforgettable) as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Additional casting will be announced. After all, we still need to cast their evil parents. Everyone is very excited for the show to come together.
“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.” - Brian K. Vaughn, creator of the comicbook and show executive consultant.
“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.” - Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, executive producers and showrunners.
Marvel’s Runaways will appear on Hulu in 2018.