Last month it was officially announced that Hulu’s original Marvel series The Runaways had been offically picked up for a full season. It was odd that a streaming service only first commissioned a pilot episode to be shot for the film instead of an entire series. However, it was revealed that the poteinal Writers Strike is what first hindered the show from reaching it’s full season.
Star Gregg Sulkin was at the Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia (via Pop-Culturalist) this week to shed some light on playing Chase Stein as well as when they begin production on the full season:
How He Learned He Got the Part
Jeph Loeb, the Head of Marvel TV, called Gregg and told him that he was about to hear three words that would change his life forever: “Welcome to Marvel”. Gregg played it cool on the phone but geeked out afterwards.
The Cast Didn’t Know If the Series Would Be Picked Up
They shot the pilot back in February, but with the potential writers’ strike looming, they had no idea what their fate would be.
When Will They Start Shooting?
The cast is heading to Los Angeles in three weeks to begin filming the first season of Runaways. Gregg joked that he was excited to be able to sleep in his own bed.
Leap of Faith
When Gregg signed onto the show, he wasn’t given the script. He knew Josh Schwartz was involved with the project and that was enough for him to sign on for seven years.
How Faithful will the Adaptation be?
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the showrunners of Runaways, plan to stay true to the comics but will also make it their own. Gregg acknowledged how much Chase means to a lot of people and feels the responsibility to do a good job. He says out of all the characters, Chase probably changed the most. In the comics, he’s stereotyped as a dumb jock, but they hope to make Chase more layered in the television series.
Marvel’s Runaways will debut exclusively on Hulu in 2018