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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 of joining Umbrella Academy specifically to help shape Viktor’s on-screen transition story, in an essay for Esquire from earlier this month.
“In this story, being trans is a context, a coming into focus, a sharpening of perspective that will only deepen the connection millions of viewers already have to Viktor and his family.”
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