'The Umbrella Academy' Season 1: Release Date, Cast, Trailers And Everything You Need To Know

13 November 2017, 12:08

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 1: Release Date, Cas
James Wilson-Taylor

By James Wilson-Taylor

All the latest information about the cast, storyline, theories and trailers for Gerard Way's Netflix comic book series.

Gerard Way's epic comic book series The Umbrella Academy is set to be adapted by Netflix and fans are already incredibly hyped.


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Upon it's official announcement back in July, Gerard spoke about how delighted he is by the news:

"I am thrilled that The Umbrella Academy has found a home at Netflix. I couldn’t think of a better place for the vision (illustrator) Gabriel Ba and myself had when creating the comic, and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live action show"

What is The Umbrella Academy season one about?

The story follows a "dysfunctional family of superheroes" as they reunite to try and solve the mystery of their adoptive father's death. It has been in development for the screen since 2015, originally as a movie before being picked up by the streaming service. Season one will likely be based on the events of the first volume of the comic series entiteld Apocalypse Suite.


Who are the main characters in The Umbrella Academy?

The group of superheroes is made up of Spaceboy (Luther Hargreeves), The Kraken (Diego Hargreeves), The Rumour (Allison Hargreeves), The Seance (Klaus Hargreeves), The Horror (Ben Hargreeves), The Boy, The White Violin (Vanya Hargreeves) and Doctor Pogo. They are aided by a police officer named Inspector Lupo in their mission and their now deceased father is known as The Monocle (Sir Reginald Hargreeves). The central villain of the story is called The Conductor.


Who is in the cast of The Umbrella Academy?


X-Men and Juno actress Ellen Page has become the first official castmember to be announced, playing the role of Vanya/The White Violin who is the "black sheep of the family" and is ultimately corrupted by The Conductor.

Recently, a series of since-removed audition tapes for a number of the male roles leaked online, featuring relative unknowns from the world of TV and theatre including Ben Thompson, Skyler Maxon, Russel Lewis, Billy Dec and Andrew Durant.

Gerard Way previously spoke to PopBuzz about potential casting for the series:

"You know, it's interesting. I actually like, being in the business for a bit, stopped having dream casting stuff. Because you genuinely don't know who's gonna walk in. Then you gotta think about the chemistry they will have with each other and that becomes of the upmost importance. I mean, back in the day when we were talking about it being a film, I was thinking of actors that were a bit older I think at the time. There was one point where I was thinking of Adrian Brody for Seance. But this was years ago when it was gonna be a movie..."


When will The Umbrella Academy be released?

The series has been scheduled for release on Netflix in 2018 and will probably drop towards the latter end of the year.


How many episodes of The Umbrella Academy season one will there be?

The first season will feature 10 episodes.


Who is the writer and director of The Umbrella Academy TV series?

Dark Horse Comics

Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist TV series) has written the pilot episode while Steve Blackman (Fargo on FX) will act as showrunner for the overall series. No director has currently been announced.


How is Gerard Way involved in The Umbrella Academy TV series?

Gerard Way is a co-exec producer on the series. PopBuzz asked him recently about how much involvement he will have in the final production:

PB: Congratulations on The Umbrella Academy Netflix news. You're credited as an executive producer so will you be quite actively involved or are you happier letting the director and his team take the lead?

GW: I think we're still figuring that out. Everything's happening very organically and it's really happening at kind of a rapid rate and there's a lot of moving pieces. For the most part though, I'm letting them steer. I'm adding input when it's needed.


Have they started filming The Umbrella Academy season one yet?

Filming will take place in Toronto from January to July 2018.


When will the trailer for The Umbrella Academy be released?

Rumours online would suggest that we will get our first look at the series during San Diego Comic Con which takes place in late July, 2018.


We will regularly update this piece with more information as it becomes available.