When Netflix renewed The Umbrella Academy for a second season, it was reported that the critically-acclaimed comic book series adaptation was expected to start production in May 2019 and extend through to September 2019, with an expected early 2020 release. Writer/showrunner Steve Blackman is sticking good to that promise by giving us a glimpse into its second-season future with what appears to be the title of the premiere episode. Without taking a trip into “Spoiler-ville,” let’s just say it’s a fitting one, with the script written by Blackman and directed by series first-timer Sylvain White (The Americans, upcoming Amazing Stories):
The Umbrella Academy season 1 is a 10-episode series based on the graphic novels of the same name created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Ba, and published by Dark Horse Comics. Netflix’s adaptation follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) — Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, and Number Five — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world.
But not everything went according to plan.
In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
NOTE: Out of respect for those who are still watching the first season, we’re going with descriptions that are still set for the first season (with some necessary adjustments):
Netflix’s version of the Hargreeves family includes: Ellen Page (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as sister Vanya, who appears (????) to manifest no super powers but has an amazingly strong interest in music; Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones) as Luther/Spaceboy, leader of The Umbrella Academy; Robert Sheehan (Bad Reputation) as shoeless speaker-with-the-dead Klaus Hargreeves/The Séance; Emmy Raver-Lampman (Wicked) as Allison/The Rumor, who can alter reality with her lies; David Castaneda (Blindspot) as Diego/The Kraken, the reckless and rebellious member of the family; Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) as Number Five/The Boy, the family’s time-travelling, perpetually young brain; and Justin H. Min (Dating After College) as Ben Hargreeves / Number Six / The Horror, a boy who possesses monsters from other dimensions under his skin.
Colm Feore (House of Cards) as world-renowned billionaire industrialist and eccentric inventor Sir Reginald Hargreeves; Jordan Claire Robbins as more-than-she-appears family matriarch Grace Hargreeves; and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) as the voice of Pogo, a genetically engineered, tweed jacket-wearing, talking chimpanzee who is also the family advisor and mentor.
The Umbrella Academy also stars award-winning singer/actress Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) as ruthless, time traveling hitwoman Cha-Cha; Cameron Britton (Mindhunter) as her deadly efficient partner Hazel; Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) as Detective Patch, a driven, fast riser within the police department investigating a series of murders – and The Academy; John Magaro (The Big Short) as Leonard Peabody, who begins to take music lessons from Vanya and sees something special in this constantly dismissed wallflower, and Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy) as The Handler, the head of the Commission and Number Five’s former boss.