Back in late 2014, Netflix announced that they would be teaming with Paramount TV to produce a new take on ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. But the project was slow-moving for a while and even hit a roadblock as showrunner Mark Hudis exited prior to production. However, the adaptation of the popular novels got back on track earlier this year when rumblings emerged that Neil Patrick Harris was in talks to star in the eight-episode series following three orphaned children and their eccentric uncle. Now, we have official confirmation of the actor’s involvement, plus another new addition to the cast as well.
According to Deadline, the Emmy Award-winning ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star and immensely popular song and dance man has officially signed on to play Count Olaf in the upcoming Netflix series and is reportedly set to venture to Vancouver later this month to start shooting. He’ll join the previously announced Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes, who will be playing Violet and Klaus Baudelaire.
And shortly after Harris’ casting had been made official, we learned that Patrick Warburton would also be a part of the anticipated show. The Hollywood Reporter says that the actor known for his many memorable roles on shows like ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Family Guy’, ‘Buzz Lightyear of Star Command’, and ‘Rules of Engagement’ will be lending his voice to the gentlemanly writer Snicket just as Jude Law did on the 2004 feature film starring Jim Carrey. This will also be a reunion for Warburton and director Sonnenfeld as they previously worked together on the 2001 cult classic Fox series ‘The Tick’, which is currently being rebooted on Amazon.
Now that the gears are finally moving on Netflix and Paramount’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, what do you think about the cast bringing these beloved characters to life? Are you happy to hear that Neil Patrick Harris is starring as Count Olaf? How do you think Puddy… I mean, Patrick Warburton will do as narrator/author Lemony Snicket? Let us know in the comments below.