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NYCC: Netflix shares debut date and first trailer for The Umbrella Academy series

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Apr 29, 2019, 5:58 AM EDT (Updated)

As the sun went down and night crept in on New York Comic Con on Friday, the cast of the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Umbrella Academy took SYFY WIRE's Main Stage for the "Netflix and Chills" panel.

After the cast was introduced to the crowd, the panel wasted no time by diving right into an exclusive look at the trailer, which re-created several iconic moments from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's acclaimed comic book. All to the tune of The Turtles' "Happy Together."

Like its source material, The Umbrella Academy will follow a group of super-powered individuals who were all born at the same exact moment, all of them birthed from different mothers, who showed no signs of pregnancy. After being born, these kids are adopted by philanthropist/inventor/space alien Sir Reginald Hargreaves.

"This is such a unique property, there's nothing else like it," said Aidan Gallagher, who plays Number 5. "When you explain it to people that aren't fans, they'll be like, 'Oh, I get it.' They don't get it. I think we do a good job honoring the comics. We got some interesting stuff for you."

One noteworthy change from the comic, though, appears to be that Spaceboy won't have his alien gorilla body, and will simply be a character with superhuman strength. Also, the time-traveling assassins Hazel and Cha-Cha won't always be hiding their faces behind those iconic masks.

Cameron Britton, who plays Hazel, said that he looked at the series as a natural extension of the comic series.

"Because there's really two graphic novels, the first one had a pretty interesting idea of the dynamics of the characters, and the second got a little more filled out," Britton explained. "The characters got a little more personality, a little more rounded. This is taking it to another level. It's the same feel, and the characters have the same vibe, but because it's 10 hours of footage, they've gotten a lot more complex."

"You have to take liberties, you know what I mean?" added Robert Sheehan, who portrays Klaus. "You have to splash a bit of your own originality into the soup, so as to be having fun with it. Otherwise you're just recreating to something in a new form, and f*** that."

Mary J. Blige, who brings the role of Cha-Cha to life, and was making her first ever appearance at a comic con, was eager to take on such a uniquely challenging role.

"I've never played anything close to this," Blige began. "I've always wanted to be the superhero or supervillain or assassin, or something where you have to learn martial arts or shoot a gun. [This role] was perfect."

The panel closed out with the cast, quite coyly, revealing that Umbrella Academy will drop on Netflix on Feb. 15, 2019, which is only slightly later than its originally announced 2018 premiere. In the meantime check out the just-released images in the gallery below, then click here for SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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