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Netflix’s Umbrella Academy is bringing in its new class, of sorts.
Cazzie David, Justin Cornwell, Britne Oldford, Genesis Rodriguez and Jake Epstein will join returning co-star Justin H. Min in the upcoming third season of the Netflix drama from showrunner Steve Blackman.
The five join returning stars Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Ritu Arya, Adam Godley and Colm Feore for season three, which will begin production in February in Toronto.
The new cast will play “Sparrows,” the new class of sorts who are enrolled at the so-called “Sparrow Academy,” the new Umbrella Academy that is at the center of the third season. (Season two, spoiler alert, featured the core cast tampering with time and when they returned, their Umbrella Academy was now the Sparrow Academy.)
Cornwell (I Am the Night) will play Marcus, aka Sparrow #1, who is described as charming, chiseled, colossus. Honest, virtuous and demanding, Marcus keeps the family together. Graceful but lethal, calculated but compassionate, he is as smart as he is strong. Marcus is disciplined, rational and in control. He oozes confidence and leadership without ever having to raise his voice.
Min, who had already been featured on the series, will play Ben, aka Sparrow #2. He’s now described as not the sweet Ben viewers know and love. This Ben is a Machiavellian tactician, wrapped up in a pretty boy body with a rumbling inner-squid. Vicious, pragmatic, and hyper-vigilant — Ben is determined to gain his status as the leader at all costs.
Oldford (Hunters) is set as Fei, aka Sparrow #3, who sees the world in a special way. She comes across as a misanthrope who would rather be alone than spend even a second with you. But truth be told, Fei wishes she had a friend. Most of the time, Fei is the smartest person in the room and willing to work things out. But if you cross her there’s no looking back because Fei won’t stop until the job is done.
Epstein (Suits) is Alphonso, aka Sparrow #4, whose body and face are scarred from years of crime fighting. To compensate, Alphonso is armed with a caustic and biting sense of humor. The only thing he likes better than verbally battering anyone foolish enough to get in his face, is a good pizza and a six-pack of beer.
Rodriguez (Big Hero 6) is Sloane, aka Sparrow #5. A romantic and a dreamer who feels a higher cosmic calling leaving her eager to see the world and experience a life beyond her upbringing. But obligations to her family keep Sloane tethered to the Academy, as does her fear of crossing the family line. But Sloane has plans … and one day she might just be brave enough to act on them.
David, the best-selling author of No One Asked for This and whose credits include 86’ed — as well as the daughter of Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry David — will play Jayme, aka Sparrow #6. Jayme is a loner hidden under a hoodie. She doesn’t say much because she doesn’t have to. Jayme has a fear-inducing snarl. Catch a glimpse of it, and you’ll run across the street to avoid what follows. Smart and sharp as a knife, she spends most of her time hanging with Alphonso, her only friend.
Netflix will also cast a newcomer to play Christopher, aka Sparrow #7, the Existential Dread-Inducing Psykronium Cube. Christopher is a telekinetic cube of unknown origin. He can turn the room freezing cold and induce paralyzing fear. He acts as the Sparrows’ consulted oracle who hands out incredible advice and serves as the family mediator. Trustworthy, loyal, and is treated by the Sparrows like any other sibling, Christopher is a force to be reckoned with.
Blackman created the series, which is based on the Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba graphic novel of the same name. Universal Content Productions produces the series for Netflix. A return date has not yet been determined.
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