The world is in trouble again with The Umbrella Academy season 3. The Netflix superhero drama is based on the graphic novels of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá centering on a dysfunctional family of adopted superheroes navigating their family relationships in the wake of their father’s death. and facing various apocalypses. The series follows the Umbrellas as they find themselves in a variety of bizarre timelines thanks to the time travel abilities of the youngest and eldest of the Five brothers.
Robert Sheehan stars in The Umbrella Academy as Klaus, a flamboyant drug addict and alcoholic who can communicate with the dead, but primarily uses his abilities to speak with his late brother Ben. Tom Hopper stars as Luther, believed to be the team leader whom his father injected with a serum that transformed his upper body into a human-ape hybrid after being badly injured on a mission.
Before its premiere, Screen Rant spoke exclusively with stars Robert Sheehan and Tom Hopper to discuss The Umbrella Academy season 3, Klaus and Luther’s character arcs, the potential for a Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City sequel and more.
Screen Rant: I’ve been a fan of the show since it started, and The Umbrella Academy season 3 continues to be an absolute treat. Robert, one of the cool things about this season was that we got to see more of Klaus really embracing his powers. How was it for you?
Robert Sheehan: Oh, very meaty; something to get your teeth into. I guess really exploring Klaus’ powers is exploring and nurturing his relationship with his father, that’s what it comes down to. It was good that Klaus finally had a reason and a motive for an overwhelming and atypically quiet version of our father. I think his timing is lucky because he’s able to teach Hargreeves something and it puts them on a bit more of a level playing field. It was beautiful, it was really nice.
I had my own little script, lots of days off. [Laughs] And funny scenes with Colm Feore [to] disorder, lots of variation; I have to sit and eat cereal and watch William Shatner in a TV show – How do you call this, TJ Hooker. It was sweet stuff, it was really fun to go to work and have fun.
Honestly, Colm Feore, all messing aside, is an absolute inspiration of a being. Incredibly hard work, great work ethic. Our scripts change, scenes may be cut or they may develop more often. You might get, as happens before shooting day, replacement pages to insert into your episode, so the pages sometimes change from white to blue to green to pink to yellow.
Only small changes [happen], so that everyone is aware. Colm Feore, when he first gets the script, he writes every word of his dialogue in a notepad, and then if the dialogue in the script changes in any way, he rewrites the scene again and then comes back and writes the feelings he has as Hargreeves on the stages.
Tom Hopper: While writing? Wow.
Robert Sheehan: He’s like Reginald Hargreeves. He was born to play this role, so exploring Klaus’ powers was really exploring the contents of Colm Feore’s head. [Chuckles]
I like that, it’s an interesting description. Tom, interestingly enough, I feel like this is one of the less physical seasons for Luther compared to before. How was it for you?
Tom Hopper: It depends on what you mean by physical, Grant? [Laughs]
It’s true. What about from the point of view of the action, let’s say?
Tom Hopper: It depends on what type of action you’re talking about! [Laughs]
You still have me!
Tom Hopper: Yeah, I mean, it’s so much more fun for me this year. I loved diving into the traumatic side of Luther and the darker side of what he went through, but he let go of a lot of those blocks this year. I really like to bring this funnier side to him that is kind of letting go and once he’s down he’s like, “Oh, well, I could get used to that!”
And he falls in love, he falls correctly, correctly in love. I think it’s a [new] side for me as an actor. I had never really done a real love story like this before, so it was something new for me. It was a new challenge for me. Luckily, Gen was an amazing partner to do this story with, and she’s awesome. She’s so fun and brilliant as Sloane, I had a great time. It was a really nice transition for me to bring out that side of Luther.
Robert Sheehan: It’s good the way it took all the pressure drop and the duty and everything and suddenly the love comes.
Tom Hopper: Yeah, you gave up. Not as stuck.
Well, before I go, Tom, I’m a big resident Evil fanso I’m curious, have you heard any rumors about possibly coming back for another movie?
Tom Hopper: What I know is that it was very successful in terms of on-demand streaming, a lot of people sat at home and watched it, so I think they’re very happy with Constantin and Sony, all the guys running this show. I definitely hope to go back and play Albert Wesker again, it ended in a way where I was like, ‘Oh, I can get used to this guy.’ Also, where he’s going, I think he can be very interesting, so hopefully so.
The Umbrella Academy Season 3 Synopsis
After putting an end to the 1963 apocalypse, the Umbrella Academy returns to the present, convinced that they have prevented the initial apocalypse and fixed this cursed timeline once and for all. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t quite (okay, not at all) the way they left them. Enter Sparrow Academy. Clever, elegant, and about as warm as a sea of icebergs, the Sparrows immediately confront the Umbrellas in a violent confrontation that turns out to be the least of everyone’s worries.
Navigating their own unique challenges, losses, and surprises – and facing an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc on the universe (something they may have caused) – now all that all they have to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them right what their arrival has done wrong. Will they find their way back to their pre-apocalyptic life? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a glitch in the timeline?
Check back soon for our other interviews with The Umbrella Academy cast and crew.
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