Actor Neil Patrick Harris is set to star in Netflix’s book to TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Wicked!
Update: Harris confirmed the news late Friday night on Twitter:
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 16, 2016
The actor has been booked for the role of Count Olaf, one of the three lead characters in the story. Jim Carrey played the role in the movie adaptation.
In the book series by Snicket, Count Olaf takes care of the orphaned Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents die in a fire. Olaf is only interested in their money and is a total jerk.
Also today we’re learning that Mark Hudis, who was set to run the TV series, has stepped down. A reason for his departure is not known at this time.
In December we told you Netflix was holding an open casting call to find young actors to play Violet and Klaus, two of the children who enter into Count Olaf’s care (the third, Sunny, is a baby). Coincidentally, audition tapes for these casting calls had to be sent in by today, January 15.
One can assume that Netflix will do chemistry tests involving Harris and the kids that they think have potential to star. We imagine the streaming service will wanted to have their Count Olaf in place before deciding on the kids.
As we told you in December, filming on A Series of Unfortunate Events is expected to begin this March in Vancouver, Canada.