Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Dark Horse series “The Umbrella Academy” has added Colm Feore, Adam Godley, Cameron Britton, and Ashley Madekwe to its already extensive ensemble cast.
Colm Feore (Thor, House of Cards) will play Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the founder of the titular academy and adoptive father of its students. Adam Godley (Breaking Bad, Powers) will don a motion capture outfit to play Pogo, Hargreeves’s trusty genetically engineered, talking chimpanzee, who tries to keep the family together in the wake of Reginald’s death.
Cameron Britton (Ed Kemper on Mindhunter) will play time traveling hitman Hazel, who is partnered with Cha-Cha, played by Mary J. Blige (who was cast earlier this week). According to Deadline, Hazel is “a loyal company man who has enjoyed what he does for decades, [but] the job starts to wear on him — which puts him at odds with his equally lethal partner.”
Ashley Madekwe (Revenge, Salem) will play Detective Patch, described by Deadline as “a driven, fast riser within the police department focused on solving a string of crimes in the city. Some might call her arrogant, but she gets the job done, and with charm. She plays by the book, but that doesn’t make her soft. She isn’t sympathetic to vigilantism – which puts her at odds with a certain sibling of the Umbrella Academy.”
Britton, Feore and Godley will all be regulars on the series, while Madekwe’s role is a recurring one. The ten-part series – which stars Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves, Tom Hopper as Luther, David Castañeda as Diego, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, Robert Sheehan as Klaus and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five – will be released on Netflix later this year.