Marvel and Hulu have made a surprise announcement this evening, revealing the core cast members for the upcoming Runaways TV series. Based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, this title was originally planned as a Phase 1 movie, later getting bumped to Phase 2 before becoming permanently delayed. Now, Marvel and Hulu are collaborating to turn the teen-led property into a streaming series. Marvel shared the official PR on their official site. The following is that press release in full.
The wait is over. Marvel has found their Runaways. Marvel Television announced today the first group of young actors has been set for Marvel's Runaways, the highly anticipated project with popular streaming service, Hulu. 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.
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. Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Unforgettable) is Nico Minoru, a tough, intelligent, and independent individual 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, Little Bitches) stars 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.
Ariela Barer (New Girl, One Day at a Time) will play 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. Gregg Sulkin (Faking It, Don't Hang Up, Anti Social) is 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.
Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School, Just Add Magic) plays Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group. She is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong. Said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television.
"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."
Runaways comic co-creator and series executive consultant Brian K. Vaughn added this.
"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."
Added Executive Producers/Showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
"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."
Additional cast will be announced at a later date.
Marvel's Runaways is executive produced by series showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Gossip Girl) along with Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Luke Cage, Marvel's Iron Fist) and Jim Chory (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones.) Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski will produce as well. Marvel's Runaways is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios. Marvel's Runaways for Hulu is based on the Marvel comics created by the award- team of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The book has won an Eisner, a Harvey and was featured as one of the Young Adult Library Services Association's best books for young adults. Here's the cast line-up, with Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin and Allegra Acosta in their headshots as provided by Marvel.