With production on the second-season of Netflix's live-action adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's comic book series The Umbrella Academy well underway, fans have already met some of the new faces that will help – or hinder – the Hargreeves efforts to prevent the end of the world. Ritu Arya (Humans), Yusuf Gatewood (Good Omens), and Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man) are set to join the successful series' sophomore year return, which is expected some time in early-to-mid 2020).
But today isn't about looking ahead – on no, it's about looking back.
Looking back specifically to October 1, 1989… the day when seven extraordinary children came into this world – with those seven children-now-adults finding themselves in the unique position of a "life-do-ver"… all in the name of "saving the world."
So with that said, let's put on the silly hats and get ready to sing painfully out-of-tune as we wish the members of the Hargreeves Family a very merry Christms:
Here's a look at the character breakdowns for the most recent additions:
● Arya's Lila is a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous and sarcastic, Lila's gifted with a twisted sense of humor.
● Gatewood's Raymond is a born leader with the smarts, gravitas, and the confidence to never have to prove it to anyone. He is warm, dedicated and has the innate ability to disarm you with a look. A devoted husband, he's the kind of guy everyone wants to know.
● Ireland's Sissy is a fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom who married young for all the wrong reasons. Still in her prime, she's eager to rediscover what life and love has to offer.
In the following Instagram post, Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) throws some love at his creative team while also giving fans the heads-up that prep work on Episodes #206 and #207 was underway. Following that, series co-star Justin H. Min posts what might just be the literal-with-a-capital-"L" definition of a "behind the scenes video" – though it could be the opening to a hard-hitting expose on the secrets of Robert Sheehan's set chair:
Last month, Blackman posted an image of not only the first slate of filming but also a "family photo" of the show's writers, actors, and artists (minus Min, which really does seem pretty ironic…). Though production was expected to start in May, a June start isn't expected to impact the series' early 2020 return.
Here's a look at the cast's announcement video for the start of table reads on the appropriately-titled "Right Back Where We Started," directed by Sylvain White (The Americans, upcoming Amazing Stories):
season 2 coming through 🖤 pic.twitter.com/UkS3J7idTO
— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) June 15, 2019
The Umbrella Academy was given a 10-episode second season order in April 2019 – with Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin Min reprising their roles, with additional casting continuing to be announced.
Blackman returns as showrunner and executive producer, with Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg also returning to executive produce. Way and Bá will co-executive produce.
— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) April 2, 2019
The Umbrella Academy is a 10-episode series based on the graphic novels of the same name created and written by Way, illustrated by 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):
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.