Earlier this week we learned who our teenage heroes on the run, The Runaways, would be and now we know who they’re running from! The story, if you’re unfamiliar, is that a group of teenagers who have all grown up together all learn that their parents, who are all incredibly good friends, are actually a cabal of supervillains working to end the world. In discovering this, some of them also find that they have special abilities or talents and the teens all decide to go on the run. Though their over-arching goal is to bring their parents down and save the world, right now they just want to survive.
So who are the parents we will see?
TV Line ran with the story just last night and we’ve got the names for you here.
Let’s start with the Wilder family. Alex Wilder (Rheny Feliz) goes on to be the intelligent, tactical leader of The Runaways, but he has to learn it from somewhere, right? According to TV Line, his parents will be played by Ryan Sands and Angel Parker. The father, Geoffrey Wilder, is described as “a hulking presence who can effortlessly shift from approachable father to intimidating strategist.” His mother, Catherine Wilder, is “a successful lawyer, deliberate and calculating in both her words and actions.”
Next, let’s jump to the Minoru family. Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano) quickly discovers that she’s a sorcerer, like her parents are, and that she can summon the incredibly powerful Staff of One anytime she draws blood. Her parents are played by Brittany Ishibashi and James Yaegashi. Her mother, Tina Minoru, is a “perfectionist ‘Tiger Mom’ as well as a brilliant innovator. Her father, Robert Minoru, is a “gentle and brilliant beta, ‘the Woz to his wife’s Jobs.'”
Our next family is the Dean family. Carolina Dean (Virginia Gardner) discovers that she is actually an alien belonging to a race called the Majesdanians. On earth, their biology allows them to create a bioluminescence as well as flight and energy projection. Her parents are Leslie and Frank Dean, played by Annie Wersching and Kip Pardue. Leslie is a “poised and skilled leader whose charisma draws in devoted allies and followers.” Frank Dean is a “former teen star who rode a short-lived movie career and is now teeming with insecurity.”
Next up is the Yorkes family. Their daughter, Gertrude Yorke, or Gert, played by Ariela Barer, is the social justice warrior of the group who also happens to have a telepathic implant with a dinosaur. As it turns out, her parents, Dale and Stacey Yorkes, are time travelers. Dale Yorkes will be played by Kevin Weisman and is described as “a bioengineer whose deep love for his family oftentimes falls short as far as knowing the right things to say to his daughter.” As for Stacey Yorkes, she’ll be played by Brigid Brannagh and is described as also being a bioengineer who “utilizes a more progressive approach to her parenting style.”
And finally, we get to the Stein family. Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin) is a bit of a high school jock and not seen as much else, despite actually being a brilliant engineer. He gets this from his father, Victor Stein, played by none other than Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, James Marsters. Victor is described as “an engineering genius who has lofty expectations for his son. When they aren’t met, retribution can be fierce.” As for his mother, Janet Stein, played by Ever Carradine, she is described as, “a perfect PTA mom harboring a brilliant mind of her own, who longs for more from her life.”
Noticeably absent from this list is Molly’s parents. In the comics, they would be the Hayes family, but Marvel has made them the Hernandez family here. Also, in the comics, Molly is born to two mutants, but it’s unclear if Marvel Television can use the word “mutant” to describe any of their characters. It seems likely that they’ll make her an Inhuman, but it’s also entirely possible that they’ll make The Pride somewhat responsible for her creation, possibly through genetic manipulation or something of that sort.
Also of note is Tina Minoru. We saw her in the film, Doctor Strange, played by Linda Louise Duan. Though she didn’t have any lines, she was also featured in the prequel comics and played into the Doctor Strange story in some capacity. It’s unclear here if this is simply a recasting or if it’s proof that this particular story is not necessarily connected to the cinematic universe.
Talking about the cast they’ve put together for this series, Executive Producers Josh Scwhwartz and Stephanie Savage said, “This cast is an abundance of riches. We are so excited to have assembled our Pride, though for the fate of humanity we should be very concerned…” They then went on to add to this, saying, “[This series] has enough great actors to support two shows, but I love that this project contains multiple generations of incredible talent all in one story.”
There’s no word yet on when the series will debut, but with the major casting now complete, we can expect the show to enter into production soon.
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