Over a year after The Umbrella Academy was renewed for season 2, Netflix has finally set a premiere date for the show’s sophomore run.
In an adorable video announcement featuring the show’s main cast members dancing, the streaming service revealed that the second season of the superhero black comedy will debut on Friday, July 31st. Just like the first season, the 10 one-hour episodes of season 2 will be available to stream all at the same time.
Production on the upcoming season started last summer, and based on a couple of Instagram posts from showrunner Steve Blackman, the team continued to work on post-production on the Paramount lot, despite the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hargreeves siblings will all be back for season 2. Along with the renewal news last April 2019, Netflix announced that Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), David Castaneda (Diego), Tom Hopper (Luther), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Ellen Page (Vanya), Aidan Gallagher (Number Five), and Justin H. Min (Ben) will all reprise their roles for the new season.
Though some key cast members like Colm Feore (Reginald Hargreeves), Kate Walsh (The Handler), Mary J. Blige (Cha-Cha), and Cameron Britton (Hazel) were not mentioned in the renewal news, it was announced last September that Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland, and Ritu Arya have joined the show’s acting ensemble for season 2.
Gatewood will appear as Raymond, a born leader with smarts, gravitas, and confidence; Ireland (Homeland) as a fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom named Sissy; and Arya as an unpredictable and mischievous “chameleon” that goes by the moniker Lila.
In the final moments of the season 1 finale, the Hargreeves siblings joined forces in an attempt to stop the White Violin persona of their sister Vanya from bringing about the Apocalypse. Unfortunately, their effort to hamper Vanya’s sound-based powers sent a wave of energy towards the moon. Immediately after, fragments of the moon rained down on Earth. Having failed in their mission, Number Five saved himself and his siblings by traveling back in time.
Plot details about season 2 are very limited, but it remains likely that it will draw inspiration from The Umbrella Academy comic book series’ second volume, Dallas, which revolves around Number Five and his association with John F. Kennedy’s assassination.