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Neil Patrick Harris set to play Count Olaf in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events series?

January 16th, 2016 by Marc Comments

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We love it!

As massive fans of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate books (I’m reading them to my kids at the minute and we’re all having such a blast with them – Marc), we’ve been watching with great interest to see who would get hired to play Count Olaf in the new series set for Netflix, especially after Jim Carrey did such a great job in the 2004 movie.

And now we are giddy over the news that Neil Patrick Harris is apparently in talks for the role! Olaf is a nasty, despicable and totally over the top character that needs to be played with a horribly nasty sense of humour and we really think Harris can bring all sorts of fun – and dark – qualities to the show.

Paramount Television is producing the series in association with Netflix with Daniel Handler, the real Lemony Snicket, executive producing.

In related news, it seems that True Blood’s Mark Hudis, who was showrunner on the series, has stepped down. No word yet on who will replace him

A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the story of the three Baudelaire orphans who are left to fend for themselves in a world full of evil and incompetent family members after their parents die in a mysterious fire. As if that’s not bad enough, the despicable Count Olaf is after the children to get his hands on their considerable family inheritance. The books are a delight… we hope the series can at least try to match it.

Netflix picked up the drama in November 2014 with a 13-episode straight-to-series order. An official premiere date has not yet been announced.

Source: THR

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….