CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The Daily Beast reports:

After Elliot Page came out as trans in December 2020, Umbrella Academy show-runner Steve Blackman was eager to bring the actor’s transition to screen. There was just one problem: Season 3 had already been mapped out, and the scripts were more or less set. Filming was due to start in just two weeks.

Against all odds, they made it work: This season, Umbrella Academy will re-introduce Page’s character with a new name, Viktor Hargreeves. To help bring Viktor to life, the production brought on Page’s friend (and writer/journalist) Thomas Page McBee.

“By necessity, this was an opportunity to show a transition so organic, so fundamental to the character, that it could only work in concert with the existing character arcs, not eclipse them,” Page McBee wrote.

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