Kate Walsh is the latest cast member to be added to Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s comic book ‘The Umbrella Academy’. She will portray The Handler, “a composed and confident leader of a mysterious, bureaucratic company who is always ready to manage any situation — though it’s best not to get on her bad side. Her charm is her greatest strength and she uses it to her advantage to complete the business of her organization.” The role is recurring, so she will pop up more than once but won’t be a series regular.
Walsh is already a regular on a very different Netflix original series, ’13 Reasons Why’. She has an extensive resumé including TV programs ‘The Bad Judge’ and ‘Fargo’, but she is best known for playing Dr. Addison Montgomery. Her character originated on ABC’s hit ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ before being spun off into her own series ‘Private Practice’ which ran for six seasons.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ focuses on eight super powered adopted children who must solve the mystery of the death of their father, The Monocle. Ellen Page headlines the cast as Vanya Hargreeves/The White Violin. She is joined by Tom Hopper as Luther/Spaceboy, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison/The Rumor, David Castañeda as Diego/The Kraken, Robert Sheehan as Klaus/The Séance and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five/The Boy. Colm Feore appears as their father Reginald/The Monocle, while Adam Godley portrays his chimpanzee assistant Pogo. Mary J. Blige appears as ruthless time travelling assassin Cha-Cha, while Cameron Britton plays her partner Hazel.
Season One of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ will consist of ten episodes. Steve Blackman (‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Fargo’) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Kieth Goldberg will also executive produce, while Gerard Way will co-executive produce. Jeremy Slater penned the script for the pilot episode.
Netflix has not yet announced a release date for this series.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter