‘The Umbrella Academy‘ Casting information – here’s how to audition for a role.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ is a Netflix superhero series developed by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater for Netflix. The series is based on the comic book series of the same name created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá and published by Dark Horse Comics.
The series centers around a family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mysterious death of their father. The show’s cast features Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige
The show filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, and was once optioned by Universal Pictures before it was picked up by Netflix.
The first season was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019, and received high reviews from critics with many praising visuals and special effects. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 77% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.27 out of 10 based on 78 reviews. Rotten Tomatoes describes the show as follows: “The Umbrella Academy unfurls an imaginative yarn with furtive emotion and an exceptionally compelling ensemble, but the series’ dour sensibility often clashes with its splashy genre trappings.”
In April 2019, Netflix reported 45 million households watched season one during the first month of the season. Netflix announced a second season in April 2019. Filming for the second season began in June 2019 and finished on November 23, 2019.
What is The Umbrella Academy about?
The Umbrella Academy centers around a world where 43 women gave birth simultaneously on October 1, 1989 despite none of the women showing any signs of pregnancy. Seven of the children are later adopted by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves and are turned into a team of superheroes called The Umbrella Academy.
Hargreeves gives the children numbers instead of names, but they are eventually all named by their robot mother Grace as, Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Five, Ben and Vanya. While making six of his children fight crime, Sir Reginald Hargreeves keeps Vanya apart from her siblings, as she supposedly has no powers of her own.
The first season takes place in modern times, where Luther, who is part ape, has lived on the moon for four years. Allison becomes a famous actress, Vanya is a world class violinist, and Klaus has a crippling drug addiction. Meanwhile, Ben, who is now dead, is able to talk only with Klaus. Diego has become a vigilante. The siblings learn their father has died and reunite for his funeral. Five returns from the future, chased by time-traveling operatives, and reveals a global apocalpyse is coming soon. Meanwhile, the siblings try to uncover their secret past lives.
Season two takes place in the 1960s as the Umbrella Academy have to go back in time to save the world. Unfortunately, the siblings time travel capabilities runs into trouble with the siblings ending up different years in the 1960s Dallas. While being hunted by a group of assassins, Five must find and reunite his siblings who have now made new lives in the 1960s, to stop the apocalypse.
The Umbrella Academy Cast
- Elliot Page as Vanya Hargreeves / The White Violin / Number Seven
- Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves / Spaceboy / Number One
- David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves / The Kraken / Number Two
- Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves / The Rumor / Number Three
- Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves / The Séance / Number Four
- Aidan Gallagher as Five Hargreeves / The Boy / Number Five
- Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha
- Cameron Britton as Hazel
- John Magaro
- Adam Godley and Ken Hall as Pogo
- Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves
- Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves / The Horror / Number Six
- Ritu Arya as Lila Pitts
- Yusuf Gatewood as Raymond Chestnut
- Marin Ireland as Sissy Cooper
- Kate Walsh as The Handler
‘The Umbrella Academy’ Casting Information:
Libby Goldstein and Junie Lowry-Johnson did the series casting. Libby Goldstein is known for her work on True Blood (2008), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), and Six Feet Under (2001). In 2013, Libby Goldstein interviewed how she found the cast for a previous she worked on, ‘Homeland.’ She explains the process of finding the right actors for each role and the process for each. It is an exciting process, which includes being “expressive” and having a larger than life presence in auditions.
‘The Umbrella Academy ’ is a significant project; casting directors are mostly contacting actors to work on the film through talent agencies. If you are interested in a speaking role in the upcoming movie, contact your talent agent for an audition. If you do not have an agent, check out our guide to landing an acting agent here.