Over the past several months, Bleeding Cool's been keeping you up-to-speed on the second-season of The Umbrella Academy, Netflix's live-action adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's comic book series of the same name. Specifically, how it might be tied with Amazon Prime's The Boys when it comes to how quickly they started working on their respective sophomore years.
Along the way, fans were introduced to some new faces that will either 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.
So with everyone elbow-deep in the holidays, there's no better time like the present (past? future?) for the Hargreeves' family (Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin Min) to rock some sexy "ugly sweater "mojo.
Can't even imagine the fights they would get into just hanging lights on the tree…
Showrunner Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) did his part to make the "early-to-mid-2020" premiere prediction a reality, taking to Instagram last month to announce that work on the second season had wrapped. Meanwhile, Min he shares well-wishes with cast, crew, and Toronto – before promising "Season 2 is gonna be wild":
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 from September, Blackman threw 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 Min posted 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 Sheehan's set chair:
In June, 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 wasn'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):
The Umbrella Academy was given a 10-episode second season order in April 2019 – with Page, Hopper, Castañeda, Raver-Lampman, Sheehan, Gallagher, and Min reprising their roles.
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.
NOTE: Out of respect for those who are still watching or haven't watched the first season, we're going with descriptions that are still set for the first season (with some necessary adjustments):
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.
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.