Filming has finally begun for the second series of The Umbrella Academy.
The news was confirmed by one of the stars of the show, Aidan Gallagher, who plays Number Five.
Posting to his Instagram account, the actor shared a GIF of him alongside co-star Robert Sheehan, who plays Number Four, in front of the Toronto skyline. It came with the caption: “Season Two starts now.”
News that work was underway for the next season has got fans very excited, with hundreds asking for information about the upcoming series.
But the young actor has kept his cards close to his chest and hasn’t indulged any of he numerous requests.
Aidan Gallagher confirmed the brilliant news with a gif. Credit: Instagram
The season two order includes 10 one-hour episodes, and will be produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions) for Netflix.
Announcing the good news on Twitter, Netflix joked it would mean ‘reading even more of your disturbing Robert Sheehan thirst tweets’.
“Best news ever,” one Twitter user said.
“Woohoo! Yeeessss,” another wrote.
The programme is an adaptation the comic books series of the same name by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, and stars the likes of Ellen Page, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Mary J. Blige
It revolves around a band of ‘estranged siblings with extraordinary powers’, who are reunited by their father’s death – a mystery that they must solve together.
Showrunner Steve Blackman – who is returning for the second season – described the show as ‘a dysfunctional family with a body count’ in a press junket for the first series.
“At its heart it’s a dysfunctional family show,” he explained.
The first series was a smash hit and fans can’t wait for another helping of the rag-tag bunch of superhero misfits. Credit: Netflix
“Having special abilities are wonderful, but that’s really just the incendiary part of it. I think it’s this family coming together, regrouping, finding each other … that for me was the sole vision.”
Critically, the first season of show received generally positive reviews.
The Daily Telegraph’s Catherine Gee referred to the story as a ‘scrappier’ version of X-Men, making it ‘more X-Men spliced with the aesthetic of Terry Gilliam’.
But Gee also said if the show were to return for a follow-up series, it may benefit from a few changes, writing: “If it does return for a second run, it would be nice to see some more genuinely fresh ideas – without the over-reliance on tried, tested and tired tropes from years past.”
Netflix is yet to confirm a release date for the upcoming season, but with the producers claiming it takes around 18 months to finish a series, fans could be looking at late next year.
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