Netflix has just unveiled the full cast and profiles of "The Sparrows," a second Umbrella-style superhero team who will be appearing in the third season of the hit series The Umbrella Academy. The season 2 finale featured a brief glimpse of the new team, including one very familiar face.
After saving the world in 1960s Dallas, the Hargreeves returned home to their Umbrella Academy mansion only to find that it was occupied by a different “Academy,” calling themselves The Sparrows. Surprisingly, one of their own, Ben Hargreeves (Justin H. Min) was seen alive and well as a Sparrow member.
As we’ve seen in the series' first two seasons, time travel can be really messy and may result in disastrous consequences. It’s clear that the rival team will be a big part of the upcoming third season.
Netflix revealed the cast for all seven Sparrow Academy members on Monday (Jan. 11) via Twitter. The new super-powered family is as follows (with descriptions provided by Netflix).
Justin Cornwell (I Am the Night) will play Marcus, Sparrow #1. A 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.
Justin H. Min (The Umbrella Academy) will play Ben, getting an upgrade from Umbrella #6 as Sparrow #2.This is not the sweet Ben we 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.
Britne Oldford (Hunters) will play Fei, Sparrow #3. Fei 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.
Jake Epstein (Designated Survivor) will play Alphonso, Sparrow #4. Years of crime fighting have left his face and body with countless visual reminders of his battles. 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.
Genesis Rodriguez (The Fugitive) will play Sloane, 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.
Cazzie David (86’ed, NY Times best-selling author of No One Asked for This) will play Jayme, 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.
Existential Dread Inducing Psykronium Cube (Newcomer) will play Christopher, Sparrow #7. 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.
The "Sparrows" will be joining the core Umbrella cast in the next chapter of the Netflix show created by Steve Blackman based on the Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba graphic novel of the same name. Universal Content Productions produces the series for Netflix.
Elliot Page (Vanya), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Aidan Gallagher (Number Five), Ritu Arya (Lila), Adam Godley (Pogo), Colm Feore (Sir Reginald Hargreeves), and Justin H. Min (Ben) will all reprise their roles in the third season.
As reported on Den of Geek, production on The Umbrella Academy season 3 begins in February in Toronto.
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