Netflix premieres the first season of The Umbrella Academy tomorrow, Friday 15th. The series is an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Ahead of the show’s release, POPAXIOM sat down with many of the stars to discuss the series.
Tom Hopper (Luther), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), and David Castañeda (Diego) sat with us first. They discussed what drew them to the series, the running theme of isolation, and a Hopper-centric Instagram account.
We then sat down with Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Ellen Page (Vanya), and Aidan Gallagher (Number Five). We discussed how the show fits into the superhero zeitgeist, and the show’s fast-paced action. We also asked the stars which superhero they’d most want as a sibling.
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.
The series also stars Cameron Britton and Mary J. Blige, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.