With last month seeing Netflix announce Ellen Page as headlining The Umbrella Academy, now comes word on who’ll be joining the Juno star in this small-screen adaptation of the popular Dark Horse Comics property.
As revealed by the on-demand streaming service, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher have been brought in to join the action.
The official word on these new additions and who there’ll be playing reads as follows:
- Tom Hopper (Luther) – “Luther” was groomed by his father from an early age to be the leader of The Umbrella Academy – a responsibility that has always weighed heavily on him. He is resilient, a workaholic, and possesses the ability of heightened physical strength. Upstanding to a fault, Luther always tries to do the right thing, even if that means putting others before himself.
- Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison) – “Allison” is beautiful, elegant, and a formerly world-famous movie star who possesses the power of suggestion – anything she says aloud comes to pass. Her life seems perfect from the outside, but her ability has undermined every relationship she’s ever had. With her career on the decline and her marriage in shambles, she refuses to use her power as she seeks a more authentic life.
- David Castañeda (Diego) – “Diego” is a skilled, intense vigilante who has a real problem with authority. He isn’t as naturally strong or smart as his siblings, so he’s worked three times as hard for everything. Believing he should have been the leader of his family instead of his brother, he carries a massive chip on his shoulder that makes him hostile to just about everyone.
- Aidan Gallagher (Number Five) – “Number Five” appears to be a thirteen year old boy, but in actuality he is a fifty-eight-year-old man trapped in the body of a child. He doesn’t suffer fools and is the smartest person in the room. He’s haunted by the things he’s seen and done, and is on the verge of losing his grip on reality.
- Robert Sheehan (Klaus) – “Klaus” is a drug addict and lovable mess of a human being and yet, if you ask him, any day now his life is going to turn around. He’s a classic “middle child” – a disarming pleaser who is seemingly everyone’s friend, but will rob you blind without thinking twice.
The early word on this adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s famed series – currently pegged for a ten-episode debut season – reads:
Based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels, the series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) – The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin – as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
The Exorcist’s Jeremy Slater has penned the pilot episode, with Fargo’s Steve Blackman to serve as showrunner.
As ever, expect more on The Umbrella Academy as it continues to develop.