Netflix has added another popular name to the cast of “The Umbrella Academy,” an adaptation of the popular comic book series of the same name. This week Netflix confirmed that Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why, Private Practice) will join the cast of the Netflix original series, but we still don’t have a firm premiere date.
In the new “The Umbrella Academy” series the show will be a live-action adaptation, the story following the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes named Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five. The five-member family work together to solve the mystery of their adoptive father’s mysterious death. The family is also struggling to stay together, due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
Kate Walsh is set for the recurring role of “The Handler,” a composed and confident leader of a mysterious, bureaucratic company. Netflix describes the character adding, “She’s always ready to manage any situation, big or small, but it’s best not to get on her bad side. That said, her charm is her greatest strength, and she uses it to her full advantage to complete the business of her organization.”
Walsh joins previously announced cast members Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Cameron Britton, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Adam Godley, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda. John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, and Colm Feore.
As we mentioned earlier, the series will be based on the award-winning comic book series of the same name, which was created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance). The comic book series was illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics.
The Umbrella Academy is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) serves as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá serve as co-executive producers.