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Count Olaf, Violet and Klaus Cast for A Series of Unfortunate Events

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I’m a big fan of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events; growing up, it was the book series that influenced me the most as a young writer. I was pleased to hear that Netflix was working on a television adaptation of the books; after the 2004 film which I quite enjoyed, I thought I’d never again see ASoUE adapted for film. Fortunately, Netflix is in the business of making dreams come true; right now, they’re still picking out a cast- and last we heard, a showrunner (Mark Hudis, who was previously on the show, dropped out).
In case you’re unfamiliar with A Series of Unfortunate Events, what you should know is that it’s a book series about three orphans whose parents have died in a tragic fire; they’re to inherit a fortune- if they can survive a series of unfortunate events, ranging from ridiculous villains to ersatz legal guardians to a shadowy organization that you may have noticed in your hometown.

A Series of Unforunate Events 2004 Klaus Sunny Violet

Liam Aiken, Shelby Hoffman and Emily Browning as Klaus, Sunny and Violet from the 2004 film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Neil Patrick Harris, of How I Met Your MotherDoogie Howser, M.D. and shamefully, The Smurfs 2, will be playing as Count Olaf, the main antagonist of the series. Olaf is scheming villain who through a number of ridiculous guises pursues the Baudelaire orphans wherever they go. In the 2004 film, he was played by Jim Carrey, who brought plenty of whimsy to the role but not, I feel, enough aura of menace (though he was still a good Count Olaf).
Regarding Harris, I suspect he’ll do a good job- the makeup artists are going to have a hard time, I suspect, making somebody so handsome look quite as vile as Count Olaf is supposed to look, but I know from his record that he is quite capable of performing as a theatrical, comedic villain. Don’t believe me? Check out his performance in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog– yes, if you’re wondering, it’s a sci-fi comedy musical.

Teaser from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

While there’s no word on who’ll be playing Sunny, we now know that Klaus will be played by Louis Hynes, who’ll be making his acting debut on the show. Violet will be played by Malina Weissman, who you may know as the young Kara Zor-El on the CBS television adaptation of Supergirl (which, by the way, has gotten much better as of late, having mostly moved on from weak attempts at feminism). Personally, I think Malina’s the right pick for the show- she’s been good in Supergirl and i’m certain that with some good direction, she’ll fall right into the role of the clever girl inventor.

Malina Weissman

The series is set to start filming this March; hopefully, more details surface soon.
Personally, I’m hoping that the dark humor from the book series is preserved in this adaptation- the books were distinctly gothic, from their writing and anachronistic setting to their gorgeous illustrations by Brett Helquist- I’d like to see this aesthetic maintained.
What do you think of this casting? Have you seen the original film (if not, I recommend grabbing it) and if so, how do you think Neil Patrick Harris will fare as Count Olaf will fare against Jim Carrey’s depiction of the dastardly villain? Is it far too early to speculate on anything at all? Nonsense, it’s never too early to speculate when you’re a journalist- whatever you think, sound off below or hit us up and follow @Blackmannrobin for all the latest game and movie news, reviews, previews and interviews; be sure to follow me for my own views.

 

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