Elliot Page as Vanya Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy

Will Elliot Page Continue Starring In Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’?

Netflix, News, Scripted

The Umbrella Academy is a Netflix series featuring a family of superheroes and has become one of the streaming service’s biggest hits. Elliot Page (formerly Ellen Page) plays the role of Vanya Hargreeves in the series. Will he continue to play the same role?

Elliot Page as Vanya Hargreeves on The Umbrella Academy

On Tuesday, Page announced that he is a non-binary, transgender person in a heartwarming post on social media. He wrote that he wanted to share with fans that he is trans. Elliot said that his pronouns are he/they and his name is Elliot. Page went on to offer  “overwhelming gratitude” to the incredible people who have supported him on his journey. Fans can read the full message in the Instagram post included below.

Elliot Page of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix
Elliot Page of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix announced his gender change. [Image @elliotpage/Instagram]
This will not change his role in the popular series, other than a change in the credits. Vanya, his character in The Umbrella Academy, is a cisgender woman. Her superpower allows her to unleash force through the use of sound. Insiders at the show have told Variety that there are no plans to change the character’s gender.

Elliot Page’s accomplishments

Page has starred in a number of films, including Juno and the X-Men series. His most current project is Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. Page’s name has already been updated on the show’s IMDb page. Netflix is also busy updating Elliot’s name across the metadata on all titles in which he is involved in the streaming service. The insider said those changes started reflecting on Tuesday.

Elliot Page and the stars of The Umbrella Academy
Elliot Page and the stars of The Umbrella Academy [Image @umbrellaacad/Instagram]
Social media reaction to Elliot’s news has been positive, with celebrities such as Kate Mara and Miley Cyrus giving their support. In fact, his name trended on Twitter with the hashtag #Elliot. However, some did suggest that the role of Vanya Hargreeves should be recast. However, the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD pushed back at the suggestion.

Nick Adams, director of transgender media for the group, told Variety that trans actors can and do play both trans and cisgender characters. He said he is sure Elliott will continue to be brilliant in The Umbrella Academy, as well as other types of roles in the future.

About The Umbrella Academy

For those who haven’t watched the series, The Umbrella Academy features a group of adopted sibling superheroes. They decide to team up in an effort to solve their father’s mysterious death, while warding off a potential apocalypse.

The second season of the series ran on Netflix during July. The streaming channel renewed The Umbrella Academy for a third season during November this year. Both the first and second season are available for bingeing on Netflix right now. Readers can view the Season 2 trailer below.


Anne Sewell

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