‘Umbrella Academy’: Why Luther Hargreeves Looks So Familiar

Today, Tom Hopper might be best known for his role in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. But the actor had several other parts before landing the comic book-inspired role of Luther Hargreeves. Find out what else Hopper has starred in that you might recognize. 

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Tom Hopper plays Luther in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ 

The Netflix series The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series of the same name created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. It tells the story of the Hargreeves family, an unconventional group of anti-heroes who, after disbanding due to loss, must reunite to save the world. 

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Raised by the seemingly emotionless Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), each Hargreeves child is assigned a number. As Number One, Luther assumes the leadership role in the family, much to the disappointment of many fans.

Fans love to hate on Luther 

Several fans blame Luther for all of the bad that occurs during season 1 of The Umbrella Academy. From the apocalypse to the uncontrollable Hargreeves sibling who causes it, many fans think Luther is at the root of all of the family’s problems. Some fans feel Luther’s judgment is clouded by his romantic feelings for Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampton) or his rivalry with Diego (David Castañeda). That’s not necessarily a quality you want someone to have — especially when they’re taking charge against the impending apocalypse.

Still, other fans feel for Luther, considering everything Reginald put him through. After learning that his trip to the moon was a farce, Luther’s decision-making abilities worsen as he works to find himself again. 

Tom Hopper has an impressive portfolio outside of ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Before landing the role of Luther, Hopper played Sir Percival on the fantasy series Merlin. When that show ended, Hopper quickly found a place within Michael Bay’s Starz series, Black Sails. According to Looper, the four-season show is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevens’ Treasure Island. Hopper played William Manderly, better known as Billy Bones. 

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After the success of Black Sails, Hopper started getting more acting gigs. He appeared in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones as Dickon Tarly, the brother of Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). The role was initially played by Freddie Stroma, who some might recognize as Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Due to scheduling issues, Hopper was brought on in the following season. Black Sails fans were excited to see Hopper on Game of Thrones, but his time was short lived. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) burned Dickon and his father, Randyll (James Faulkner), alive for refusing to bend the knee. 

Hopper has also appeared in several movies, including I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, and Emily Ratajkowski. He was also in Terminator: Fark Fate as the role of William Hadrell.

Regardless of how some viewers feel about his role as Luther, fans can’t get enough of The Umbrella Academy. Start streaming season 2 of The Umbrella Academy starting July 31.