After Elliot Page came out as transgender on Tuesday, many fans were left wondering what will happen to his role on The Umbrella Academy.
The popular Netflix superhero series sees the actor play the role of Vanya Hargreeves, a woman with the ability to harness sound and convert it into energy.
According to Variety, nothing is going to change, and Elliot, 33, will continue to play Vanya.
Elliot ‘will continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves. Vanya is a cisgender woman whose superpower involves unleashing force through the use of sound. There are no plans to change the character’s gender,’ a source told the publication.
No change: Elliot Page will still play Vanya Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy after coming out as a transgender male on Tuesday
The Umbrella Academy centers on group of adopted sibling superheroes who team up to solve the mystery of their father’s death while warding off a potential apocalypse.
Elliot, previously known as Ellen Page, publicly came out as a transgender male on Tuesday, telling his followers on Twitter: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.
‘I feel lucky to be writing this. To have arrived at this place in my life.’
The actor has been married to dancer Emma Portner, 26, since 2018, and publicly came out as gay in 2014.
In his statement, Elliot did not reveal what stage of his transition process he is in, nor did he share whether he has, or plans to, undergo hormone therapy or surgery.
Superpower: The popular Netflix superhero series sees the actor play the role of Vanya Hargreeves, a woman with the ability to harness sound and convert it into energy
‘I feel lucky to be writing this’: The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation
Elliot, who is currently due to begin filming the third season of Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy in February, also unveiled changes to his official social media accounts, posting on Twitter under the username @TheElliotPage, and on Instagram as @elliotpage.
Variety reports that Elliot’s name has also been updated on The Umbrella Academy’s IMDB page, while Netflix is in the process of updating his name in the metadata across all titles.
‘Trans actors can and do play both trans and cisgender characters. I’m sure Elliot will continue to be brilliant in Umbrella Academy and many different types of roles in the future,’ GLAAD’s Nick Adams said in a statement to the outlet.
Shortly after the actor posted the statement, his wife Emma voiced her public support for him on Instagram, while reiterating her partner’s plea for patience.
‘I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,’ Emma wrote.
‘I also ask for patience & privacy [and] that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.’
Sci-fi: The Umbrella Academy centers on group of adopted sibling superheroes who team up to solve the mystery of their father’s death while warding off a potential apocalypse
Opening up: The Juno star, previously known as Ellen Page, married dancer Emma Portner in 2018 (seen together in June 2019)
She also commented on Elliot’s Instagram post, writing: ‘Love you so much elliot.’
Elliot’s decision to publicly reveal he is transgender comes almost three years after the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony, having only been dating publicly for six months.
Prior to their relationship, Juno star Elliot had been linked to several different partners, both male and female, including Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård and actress Shailene Woodley – although their romance was never confirmed.
He also dated artist Samantha Thomas for 18 months, with the couple splitting just months before Elliot tied the knot with Emma.