Earlier today, series star Justin Min and showrunner & EP Steve Blackman open on what viewers can expect from that alternate Ben Hargreeves in the third season of Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Road & Gabriel Bait is The Umbrella Academy (More on that in a minute). But now we have the second part of this update, in the form of three new preview images highlighting Sparrow Academy’s brash and arrogant No. 2. Here is an overview…
In the following highlights from their interview with EOMin and Blackman discuss key differences between Umbrella Academy and Sparrow Academy, how Min’s two “Bens” compare, what it was like to offer an alternate reality take on a beloved character, and more Again :
Min is believed to be done with TUA after Ben’s Season 2 finale sacrifice: “It was a very emotional day for me because I thought it was my last day on set. I was completely foggy. I remember going to my hair and makeup artists and saying, ‘ thank you so much for being with me on this journey. I gave them thank you cards!”
Blackman on the difference between Fundamental Umbrella Academy and Sparrow Academy“The way I thought about Season 3 is that the Umbrellas are a family that never knew how to be superheroes. The Sparrows are superheroes who never knew how to be a family. C That’s the fundamental difference in how they go about being superheroes.”
Min on the impact raising a “sparrow” and not an “umbrella” had on Ben: “Steve [Blackman] and I really talked at length about this balance between nature and nurture, and what it would do to someone like Ben. I think Ben, at his core, is a very impressionable person, so I think education is a huge driving force behind who Ben is and who Ben becomes. So in this alternate reality where they’re trained as these powerful assassins and superheroes that are famous and well-known, those are all things that we talked about, leaving a big impression on Ben.”
Min made sure ‘Sparrow’ Ben wouldn’t be confused with ‘Umbrella’ Ben (and it was ‘exhausting’)“I worked with a voice coach while I was filming to lower my range a bit, as well as learn how to project more. And they wanted me to physically embody the character, so I had to go to the gym for the first time in many years. Having those external factors in place in terms of body and voice really helped me to inhabit the character in a real and compelling way.
Unlike his “Umbrella” counterpart, “Sparrow” Ben is more than fine with using his powers.“I think the previous version of Ben was afraid of his powers. It was something he never fully learned to control on his own, so when those tentacles went wild he didn’t know what But since the Sparrows have been trained from a young age to use their powers in battle, it’s something the new Ben feels a lot more in control of. to assert his superiority. In the very first montage where we feature the Sparrows, you even see him using his tentacles to smoke a cigar and drink. It’s something he goes out as a party trick and will do very casually. He has control over it and he is very proud of it.
After putting an end to the 1963 apocalypse, the Umbrella Academy returns home to the present, convinced that they have prevented the initial apocalypse and fixed this cursed timeline once and for all. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t quite (okay, not at all) the way they left them. Enter Sparrow Academy. Clever, elegant, and about as warm as a sea of icebergs, the Sparrows immediately confront the Umbrellas in a violent confrontation that turns out to be the least of everyone’s worries. Navigating their own unique challenges, losses and surprises – and facing an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc on the universe (something they may have caused) – now all that all they have to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them right what their arrival has done wrong. Will they find their way back to their pre-apocalyptic life? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a glitch in the timeline?
The Umbrella Academy stars Tom Hopper like Luther aka Spaceboy aka Number One, David Castaneda like Diego aka The Kraken aka Number Two, Emmy Raver Lampman like Allison aka The Rumor aka Number Three, Robert Sheehan like Klaus aka The Séance aka Number Four, Aidan Gallagher as Five aka The Boy, Justin H. Min like Ben aka The Horror aka Number Six/Ben aka Sparrow Number 2, Elliot Page like Viktor aka The White Violin aka Number Seven, Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and Ritu Arya like Lilac. And speaking of Sparrow Academy, we also have Justin Cornwell as Marcus aka Number One, Britne Oldford as Fei aka Number Three, Jake Epstein like Alphonso aka Number Four, Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane aka Number Five, Cassie David as Jayme aka Number Six, and Psykronium cube inducing existential terror as Christopher aka Number Seven. Besides, Javon Walton (Euphoria, Utopia) joined the cast in an undisclosed role.
Created by showrunner and executive producer Blackman and produced by UCP (a division of Universal Studio Group) for Netflix, The Umbrella Academy is also produced by Jeff F. King, Keith Goldberg, Mike Richardson & Jeremy Webbwith Way & Ba co-executive production and Steve Wakefield produce.