Netflix's upcoming The Umbrella Academy series has filled out the Academy.
Deadline is reporting that Tom Hopper, who played strapping Dickon Tarly in Game of Thrones Season 7, will play Luther; Emmy Raver-Lapman (Hamilton) will play Allison; David Castaneda (Switched at Birth) will play Diego; Robert Sheehan (Geostorm) will play Klaus; and Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn) will play Number Five. They join Ellen Page in the cast, who was previously announced for the role of Vanya.
The Umbrella Academy is a graphic novel written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and illustrated by Gabriel Ba. It follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes -- known as the Umbrella Academy -- who come together to find out who murdered their father.
Luther was groomed by his father to lead the Umbrella Academy, and his superpower is heightened physical strength. Allison, a fading movie star with a marriage on the rocks, has the power of suggestion -- anything she says comes to pass. Diego can hold his breath infinitely, and has a problem with authority; he believes he should have been leader, not Luther. Number Five looks like a 13-year-old kid, but he is really a 58-year-old man trapped in the body of a child. Klaus is a "drug addict and a loveable mess of a human being" who can levitate, has telekinesis, and can talk with the dead -- but only if he isn't wearing shoes. And last, but certainly not least, Vanya is capable of releasing destructive waves of force, but her power was so strong her father suppressed it with medication.
The show is being produced by Universal Cable Productions, Bluegrass Television, and Dark Horse Entertainment. Steve Blackman (Legion) has been named showrunner, and Peter Hoar, who has directed for a number of Netflix's Marvel shows, will direct the first episode. No word yet on a premiere date, but we'll be keeping our eyes open -- what about you?