Netflix is about to start casting for their live-action adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics comic book series The Umbrella Academy which has Fargo’s Steve Blackman attached as it’s showrunner. It should be an interesting combo after another Fargo alum gave us the X-Men series Legion.
The Umbrella Academy follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes called the Umbrella Academy — the Monocle, Spaceboy, the Kraken, the Rumor, the Séance, Number Five, the Horror and the White Violin — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the comic series garnered praise from fans and critics for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.
Omega Underground has exclusively uncovered a slew of audition tapes or a bunch of the main roles on the Netflix show. The roles and actors auditing are as follows.
Ben Thompson and Skyler Maxon (Faking It) for leader Luther aka Spaceboy.
LUTHER AKA SPACEBOY: The leader of The Umbrella Academy. As a child, he possessed the ability of super-strength. After a disastrous expedition to Mars, The Monocle had to transplant his head onto the body of a Martian gorilla. His powers are enhanced physical strength and resilience. His martian gorilla body can withstand the vacuum and cold of space, so long as he has a helmet on. He often uses a jet-pack and his weapon of choice is a ray-gun. After his career with The Umbrella Academy, he moved to the Moon and lived at the Annihilation Control outpost. On the moon, Luther is attended to by a robotic butler of sorts named Ben. As revealed on the Dallas storyline, Spaceboy and The Boy (Number Five) are twin brothers. He has been shown to have somewhat of a love interest in #00.03, The Rumor, and some readers have questioned if this counts as an incestuous infatuation.
Billy Dec, Alec Whaite, and Russell Lewis for the role of Diego Hargreeves aka The Kraken.
DIEGO AKA THE KRAKEN: The reckless and rebellious member of the group; described by The Monocle as “an insolent brat.” He has the ability to hold his breath indefinitely and has demonstrated a strong affinity for knife-throwing. He and Luther have a very clear rivalry, and Diego seems unwilling to take orders from Luther. He is more of a Batman-like superhero in that he goes on regular patrols and can be seen taking down drug dealers. In his teenage years, he was the bass player in a band called the Prime8s, with Body (Inspector Lupo’s assistant), and Vanya Hargreeves. He is also seen to be left-handed in the short story “Anywhere But Here,” as he is playing the bass left-handed. It appears that he harbors a secret love for his adopted sister, Vanya. It is yet to be seen how The Kraken lost his right eye, but he has no sight in his right eye and wears an eye-patch when not wearing his mask, which has a blacked out right eye.
Joshua Moore, Tommy Savas, Andrew Durand, and Stephen Lewis Grush for the role of Klaus Hargreeves aka The Séance.
KLAUS AKA THE SEANCE: Showcases a fretful, morbid temperament. His powers are levitation, telekinesis, and the ability to contact the dead, although his powers only work when he is not wearing shoes. He has the words “Hello” and “Goodbye” tattooed on his palms. It has been theorized by Mr. Pogo that he’s been taking drugs since he was a teenager. In “Dallas,” Klaus is seen holding a Vietnamese baby, which he later reveals to be his, to the surprise of Luther. Handing it to an elderly woman before leaving in the televator, he thanks her for taking care of the baby, to which she responds: “Where you are going is no place for kids. The baby is safer here.” Before leaving in the televator, Klaus apologizes to the woman, saying: “Really sorry about what happened to its mother.” The conversation was in Vietnamese, implying that he learned it during the three years he ran a strip club named “Spookies.” Klaus had been killed by Hazel and Cha-Cha in “Dallas,” but was rejected from both Heaven and Hell, and later noted that it did not matter when a member of the Hargreeves family was shot in the head.
Luke Ryan (Black Mass) for Number 5 aka The Boy.
NUMBER 5 AKA THE BOY: At the age of 10, The Boy disappeared by traveling 50 years into the future, which seemed to hold no difficulty for him. Sir Reginald warned that he “could never go back”; it took him 50 years until he discovered how to go back in time. He physically aged normally during this time, though upon returning to the past, he retains his 10-year-old appearance, despite his adoptive siblings being 30. His body is apparently stuck in time and cannot age, as medical examinations prove that there are signs of neither cell growth nor death.
The Boy claims to have read accounts of the Academy’s immediate future and their connection to an apocalypse. While trying to go back in time to warn his adoptive brothers and sisters about the apocalypse, he worked with the Temps Aeternalis. He was taught to perform “microjumps” in time, allowing him to move faster than the eye can see. He is considered to be “the perfect assassin,” as he has DNA of the best killers in history. He has a 100% chance of killing if he decides to kill.
It remains to be seen if any of these actors will land a role but this should be interesting to fans of the comic.
We’ve also learned production on The Umbrella Academy will begin this January in Toronto and will wrap in July.
SOURCE: OMEGA UNDERGROUND