1:48pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hulu's Marvel Drama 'Runaways' Sets Cast
Hulu's take on Marvel's beloved Runaways has firmed up its cast.
Faking It grad Gregg Sulkin will lead the cast of rising stars in the streaming service's pilot, Marvel announced Thursday.
From Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the pilot is based on Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and Adrian Alphona's comic series. It centers on a group of teens who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime organization. Written by Schwartz and Savage, Runaways will focus on six diverse teens who barely can stand each other but who unite to fight a common foe: their parents.
Gregg Sulkinis is set as 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.
Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) is set as 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.
Lyrica Okano (The Affair) will portray Nico Minoru, a tough, intelligent and independent kid who 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.
Virginia Gardner (Goat) takes on the role of 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.
Ariela Barer (One Day at a Time) will portray 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.
Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School) rounds out the cast 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," said Runaways comic co-creator and series executive consultant Vaughn.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Schwartz and Savage are on board as showrunners and executive produce alongside Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski also will produce. The drama is a co-production between Marvel and ABC Signature.