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It appears we are closer to finally being reunited with the dysfunctional Hargreeves siblings for The Umbrella Academy season 3.

This week, Justin H. Min and David Castaneda teased that production for the new season is about to begin. As well, Min hinted at what’s in store for Ben Hargreeves as he returns as a member of the Sparrow Academy in the Netflix show’s new episodes.

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Back in October, rumors swirled that production for season 3 of The Umbrella Academy was set to begin in February of this year. Finally, in November, Netflix confirmed that these rumors are true and production begins this month.

Shortly following this, showrunner Steve Blackman gave a major clue into what fans can expect from season 3. In late November, Blackman shared an exclusive look at a new TUA script and the first episode’s title alludes to that season 2 cliffhanger.

 

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Now, it looks like production for The Umbrella Academy season 3 is about to start. Over the weekend, David Castaneda posted a photo from the first table read-through of the new season.

 

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As well, Justin H. Min also confirmed that the cast and crew have done the first read-through for season 3. It turns out, Min has quite a few things to say about the new season’s script including the arrival of the Sparrow Academy. In a new tweet, Min seemingly teases the new Ben fans can expect to see in the upcoming season.

“Just had our first semi-readthrough, and everyone is perfect. absolutely perfect. and by everyone, I mean the sparrows. I don’t care about the others.”

The end of season 2 ended on a massive cliffhanger. The Hargreeves siblings returned to “present time” only to learn that Sir Reginald Hargreeves created the Sparrow Academy instead of the Umbrella Academy. Among the members of the Sparrow Academy is Ben. In season 2, Ben sacrificed himself to save Vanya (Elliot Page) in a scene we will truly never forget.

As a result, TUA fans can expect a completely different Ben than they’ve seen in past episodes. In fact, it seems as though sweet old Ben may be gone for good.

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“This is not the sweet Ben we know and love,” Deadline reports. “This Ben is a Machiavellian tactician. [He is] wrapped up in a pretty boy body with a rumbling inner-squid [and] determined to gain his status as the leader at all costs.

Earlier this month, the Netflix series officially introduced the other members of the Sparrow Academy. To start, “honest, virtuous and demanding” No. 1 or Marcus is being portrayed by Justin Cornell. Britne Oldford is portraying Fei, No. 3, while Jake Epstein is taking on the role of Alphonso, No. 4, who has “a caustic and biting sense of humor.” Some fans many recognize Epstein for his long on-screen portrayal as Craig Manning on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

The Sparrow Academy’s “romantic dreamer” No. 5, Sloane, is being played by Genesis Rodriguez and Cazzie David is “loner” Jayme, No. 6. However, the Sparrow Academy’s No. 7 is catching a lot of people’s attention. The final member of the academy is Christopher, an “existential dread-inducing psykronium cube.”

 

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Last week, fan theories emerged that Gerard Way could finally make his highly-requested Umbrella Academy cameo as Christopher. Currently, the actor behind this mysterious cube is unknown. However, Deadline‘s description of No. 7 is raising some eyebrows.

“Christopher is a telekinetic cube of unknown origin,” Deadline says. “He can turn the room freezing cold and induce paralyzing fear. He acts as the Sparrows’ consulted oracle who hands out incredible advice and serves as the family mediator.”

According to Deadline, the character will have a voice. This has caused fans to theorize that Christopher may be voiced by Gerard Way.

Last year, Alternative Press interviewed Justin H. Min who revealed some secrets about the Sparrow Academy and what’s in store for season 3.

What do you want to see in The Umbrella Academy season 3? Let us know in the comments below.