The Umbrella Academy has released character posters introducing the members of the Sparrow Academy, an alternate team of superheroes who will be featured in the show's upcoming third season this 2022.
The Netflix TV series based on the Dark Horse comic book series written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá follows a dysfunctional family of adopted superhero siblings who reunite to solve their father's mysterious death and stop a world-ending threat.
Members of the Sparrow Academy were teased during the series’ second season finale released in July 2020, which concluded with the Hargreeves returning to the present day after stopping a near-catastrophic nuclear war in ’60s Dallas, Texas.
Once back at the Umbrella Academy, the siblings discover that it is no longer the Umbrella Academy, but rather the Sparrow Academy. According to the new fictional timeline, the Sparrow Academy was born on Oct. 1, 1989.
The new posters provide a better look at the faces of the characters, or at least half their faces.
the sparrows have landed ? pic.twitter.com/HLDx6IpnKE— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) January 1, 2022
Justin H. Min who previously played the long-dead sibling Ben Hargreeves and Number Six in the show’s original timeline returns as Ben Hargreeves/Sparrow Number Two, who is alive and well in this timeline. This Ben is described as a “Machiavellian tactician.”
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The rest of the Sparrows will be played by Justin Cromwell who will play Marcus Hargreeves/Sparrow Number One, Britne Oldford will play Fei Hargreeves/Sparrow Number Three, Jake Epstein will appear in the role of Alphonso Hargreeves/Sparrow Number Four, Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane Hargreeves/Sparrow Number Five and Cazzie David as Jayme Hargreeves/Sparrow Number Six.
The most intriguing character, Sparrow Number Seven, Christopher, is a telekinetic cube, which many fans are looking forward to seeing on screen.
Here's the official character descriptions for the Sparrow Academy previously released by Netflix in January 2021:
- JUSTIN CORNWELL (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, 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 (After Yang, The Umbrella Academy) will play BEN, 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 (The Path, 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, Suits) 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, Big Hero 6) 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.
Elliot Page (Vanya), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus) and Aidan Gallagher (Number Five), will be returning as members of the original Umbrella Academy.
Colm Feore will also be returning as Sir Reginald Hargreeves/The Monocle, the adoptive father of the superheroes, who is alive in the new timeline.
While an exact release date has not yet been revealed, season 3 of The Umbrella Academy is set to return sometime in 2022, after a year and a half hiatus.