Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy was one of the biggest surprise hits to come this year. Written by former My Chemical Romance vocalist Gerard Way, the series follows adopted superheroes siblings who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death. With the series becoming so popular, a second season was quickly ordered.
Until now, we’ve had no word on when the second season will start filming. Today, one of the stars confirmed it will begin soon.
Actor Aidan Gallegar, who plays the time-jumping Number 5, posted on Instagram that filming has officially started:
Okay—the Weasleys’ status as #1 on this list is NOT up for debate! Each one of them has their own unique personality, and they’re awesome friends to one another and to Harry (and everyone else). Overall, they have the chillest, most playful sibling dynamic in pop culture right now (even though Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out 8 years ago). The only one of them who I actively dislike is Percy—Percy brings dishonor to the good Weasley name, and I vote to 1. Create a wall-sized mural of the Weasley family tree (I’m thinking of the Black family tree at Grimmauld Place) and then 2. Scratch Percy’s portrait off the tree (like Sirius’ was).
The Hargreeves are all special in their own way *cough* Vanya *cough* but Klaus and Ben have the cutest sibling bond—one that can even *spoiler alert* transcend the boundaries between life and death. (Plus, Klaus is simply the best character even without Ben, and thats a FACT.)
Ahhh, the Salvatores. They made this list solely because of Damon, given that Stefan is both boring and a tool. As far as their dynamic goes, they might not get an A+ for the way they actually, ya know, treat each other, but they are there for one another when they need to be—they agree that no one but each other is allowed to ruin their lives, and they make a hell of a team against the Original Family.
Again, this duo makes the list because of Arya—I’m sure this is a very controversial opinion, but I don’t think Jon Snow is a super original or interesting character. He redeems himself through his close relationship with Arya, though. They relate so well to each other because in some ways, they’re both outsiders—Jon for being a bastard, and Arya for not fitting in with other girls her age, who don’t seem to have a comprehensive list of people they want to kill. Shocking.
I LOVE Twilight, and I don’t care who knows!!! The movie adaptation is so iconic that I can’t care how bad it is. While the best member of the Cullen clan is up for debate (my personal pick is Alice), you can’t deny that on the whole they’re a really tight-knit group. So what if they’re not actually related! They chose each other, and that’s all that matters :’)
Finally, a duo where both characters are amazing! (Also, I would like to specify I am referring only to book-Jaime, not show-Jaime, who is decidedly not amazing). Tyrion and Jaime’s bond is so special because Jaime is one of the only people who respects Tyrion, and Tyrion likewise respects and loves Jaime for it.
The Pevensies are the definition of siblings who find each other SO ANNOYING but love each other anyway. Yeah, Edmund chose Turkish Delight over his family. But so, what? Magic made him do it! Tbh, Susan is also the worst. But Lucy and Peter are everything a King and Queen of Narnia should be, and they totally make up for the many failures of their siblings.
Pride and Prejudice has some extremely questionable characters, AKA, literally everyone but Lizzy and Jane. But those two make up for the rest by being the best of friends, which they have to be in order to survive the nightmare that is the rest of their family. (Oh, Lydia.) Together, they manage to make things work. They never fail to hype each other up and always lend a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on.
We may never get more My Chemical Romance, but dry those emo tears! (And don’t smear the eyeliner while you’re at it.) The Umbrella Academyhas been renewed for season two—and no, we’re not okay.
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Numerous factors have contributed to The Umbrella Academy‘s critical (and financial) success: for starters, there’s its author, the patron saint of every edgy mid-2000s teen. (If you say ‘Gerard Way‘ three times in a Hot Topic dressing room mirror, he’ll probably appear.) The star-studded cast certainly hasn’t hurt, with Robert Sheehan (of Misfits and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones fame) drawing in crowds of, well, misfits. You’ve also got gay icon and accomplished actress Ellen Page, whose role in Juno was a staple of a solid collection of childhoods. And let’s not forget Emmy Raver-Lampman from the original cast of Hamilton. That’s not all: there’s fifteen-year-old Aidan Gallagher convincingly playing a fifty-eight year old man while drunkenly clutching a mannequin. Oh, and there’s Mary J. F#cking Blige, who did all of her own stunts for the show. The Umbrella Academy is a perfect storm of pop culture sensations—and, most importantly, it’s incredible.
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Netflix doesn’t regret telling Marvel to Make Room!!! (Yes, there will be more MCR puns. Count them all if you can.) After canceling its Marvel series, Netflix has found financial success with The Umbrella Academy, which is less a show about superheroes and more a bombastic tale of dysfunctional personalities that counterbalances its darkness with poignant moments and whacky capers. The best thing about The Umbrella Academy is that it’s always sincere—even when two assassins are dancing, stoned, as they douse a laboratory full of fake eyeballs in flames.
(That might be a spoiler, but none of the spoilers will make sense without context. Just watch through To The End.)
The Umbrella Academy is in the top 0.03% of all TV shows currently airing, earning its current spot as top digital original series in the U.S. Unlike most of the choices the show’s characters make, that makes Netflix’s renewal a good decision.
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Netflix has yet to release any significant details about season 2, given that the most significant detail is that it exists. We only know the series will go into production in Toronto towards the end of 2019. Peter Hoar, who directed both the pilot and the finale of the first season, is set to direct the first episode. We don’t know exactly where the series will kick off, but we know it’ll be pretty dramatic, given that the series is likely to follow Gerard Way’s vision. In an interview with Collider, Way revealed that the first thing he did was “create an 18-page document that laid everything out,” including the plots of the comics “that haven’t come out yet.” So Look Alive, Sunshine! We may not get a happy ending, but it’ll certainly entertain.
A new comic book adaptation is coming to Netflix in just a few weeks, and the streaming service just released a brand new trailer.
The Umbrella Academy, based on the graphic novel by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, tells the story of a band of misfits with extraordinary abilities all adopted on the same day by a wealthy industrialist. When their adopted father dies, the adopted siblings must band together to solve the mystery of their father’s death while also preventing a global apocalypse.
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Mary J. Blige, and Colm Feore star in the series which is set to be released on February 15th. Check out the new trailer here:
Singer-turned-actor Mary J. Blige has signed on to join the cast of the upcoming Netflix adaptation of My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way’s graphic novel The Umbrella Academy.
The film follows a family, each of whom is a superhero, who team up to solve the death of their father. The confirmed cast so far included Tom Hopper as Luther, David Castañeda as Diego, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, Ellen Page as Vanya, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five.
Bilge will play Cha-Cha, a ruthless, sociopathic time-travelling hitwoman. Mary J. Blige is Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mudbound, but this will be her first major role in a television series.
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We’re pretty delighted with this news, and we’re not the only ones. Ellen Page posted a screenshot of Variety‘s article about Blige’s casting, along with the praying hands emoji, implying she’s pretty pleased as well!