Netflix has released a new trailer for its upcoming series The Umbrella Academy, from creator Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist) and based on the Dark Horse Comics series by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Bá. Nothing is simple about Umbrella Academy, least of all the backstory for its leads, which the trailer below attempts to detail. Basically, one day in 1989, 43 unconnected women gave birth without showing signs of pregnancy the day before. Six of these children, five of whom have superhuman abilities, are adopted by a billionaire named Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), and trained to save the world in what comes to be called The Umbrella Academy. They include Spaceboy (Tom Hopper), The Kraken (David Castañeda), The Rumor (Emmy Raver-Lampman), The Seance (Robert Sheehan), Number Five (Aidan Gallagher), and The White Violin (Ellen Page).
But that’s not all! Indeed, that is Mary J. Blige playing an assassin named Cha Cha, who has an equally violent partner named Hazel (Mindhunter‘s Cameron Britton). There is also a talking monkey named Pogo, because of course.
Check out the trailer below. The Umbrella Academy debuts with ten one-hour episodes on February 15th.
The official synopsis for The Umbrella Academy:
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeve’s passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The live-action series stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.