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

16 January 2018, 10:32

'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.


It's really happening! #umbrellaacademy #netflix #darkhorsecomics

A post shared by Gerard Way (@gerardway) onJul 11, 2017 at 2:28pm PDT



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? Which characters are going to be involved in the series?

The story follows a "dysfunctional family of superheroes" 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, as they reunite to try and solve the mystery of their adoptive father's death. 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. 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 is in the cast of The Umbrella Academy?

Ellen Page - Vanya


X-Men and Juno actress Ellen Page became 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.

Deadline later revealed further casting with full character descriptions provided:

Tom Hopper - Luther


Game Of Thrones star Hopper will play Luther, "who 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


Previously seen in Hamilton, Raver-Lampman plays Allison, "a 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


Soon to be seen in the Billy Crystal/Ben Schwartz comedy, We Are Unsatisfied, David portrays Diego, "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


A star of Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Gallgher plays Number Five who "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


Robert Sheehan of Misfits fame plays Klaus, "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."


When will The Umbrella Academy be released on Netflix?

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.


Will Gerard Way be involved in the production of 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.


Are there any on-set photos from the filming of The Umbrella Academy season one?

Gerard Way recently shared this sneaky shot from the first day on set (January 16th), featuring what looks like a brand new logo for the series:


Day 1. A spectacular start!

A post shared by Gerard Way (@gerardway) onJan 15, 2018 at 8:54pm PST


Very snazzy!

Plus, the comic's artist Gabriel Bá posted this snap of him and Gerard getting ready for filming:


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.