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Gerard Way unveils first promo image for Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy – take a look

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Jul 19, 2018

The dysfunctional family of superheroes has arrived. Creator Gerard Way unveiled the first look at the Netflix adaptation of his comic The Umbrella Academy on Wednesday, sharing the promo pic with his 1.7 million followers on Instagram.

"Check it out! Super excited that everything keeps moving at an amazing pace for our Netflix Umbrella Academy series!" Way captioned the post. 

The show is based on his popular series (illustrated by Gabriel Bá) that follows the titular team, who have all been born with superpowers and are prepped to save the world against unknown evils.

Fans of the comic will be able to decipher who is playing whom from the image, as the cast are all shielding their faces with umbrellas carrying significant numbers.

Number 1, Spaceboy/Luther Hargreeves, is played by Tom Hopper; number 2, The Kraken/Diego Hargreeves, is played by David Castañeda; number 3, The Rumor/Allison Hargreeves, is played by Emmy Raver-Lampman; number 4, The Séance/Klaus Hargreeves, is played by Robert Sheehan; number 5, known simply as Number Five, is played by Aidan Gallagher; and last but not least, number 7, The White Violin/Vanya Hargreeves, is played by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page.

Missing from the line-up, of course, is number 6, The Horror/Ben Hargreeves, who was dead before the comic series began but appeared as his statue counterpart, or in visions, so it will be interesting to see how that character is referenced in the show.

The series will see the characters work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

As well as the gifted family, the live-action cast also features Kate Walsh as The Handler, the charming head of a secretive corporation, and Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha.

The Umbrella Academy will debut on Netflix sometime this year.

Are you excited for this adaptation? Tell us what you're looking forward to seeing most from the original comics.

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