Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events Casts Baudelaire Orphans

Credit: Paramount Pictures
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Based on the popular Lemony Snicket novels, a new production of A Series of Unfortunate Events is getting underway at Netflix.

We recently learned that Neil Patrick Harris is in talks to play chief villain Count Olaf. Now Netflix has cast the ill-fated yet resourceful Baudelaire orphans.

Deadline is reporting that Malina Weissman will play the eldest, inventor Violet. Newcomer Louis Hynes will play her studious brother Klaus.

There’s no word yet on the third Baudelaire, baby Sunny. Acting skills needed: crawling and biting.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is the best-selling children’s book saga. After losing their parents to a fire, the Baudelaire siblings end up in the clutches of evil villain Count Olaf.

The orphans’ misadventures are narrated by the mysterious Lemony Snicket, the alter ego of novelist Daniel Handler.

The adaptation will be a Netflix production in association with Paramount Television. Handler will serve as executive producer.

Paramount Pictures was behind the 2004 movie version starring Jim Carrey as Olaf. Emily Browning and Liam Aiken played his unfortunate charges. The adult cast was rounded out by Billy Connolly, Meryl Streep, and the voice of Jude Law as Snicket.

The movie was based on the first three novels in the series. Despite a haul of over $200 million at the box office, it was denied a sequel. This was very unfortunate.

Now Barry Sonnenfeld will direct a 13-episode straight-to-series order. Sonnenfeld was originally slated to direct the earlier movie, but was replaced by Brad Silberling.

Meanwhile, young actress Weissman is in Sonnenfeld’s upcoming movie Nine Lives. She is probably best known as the young version of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl in the CBS adaptation of the DC Comics heroine. She also played the young Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

According to Deadline, production on the Unfortunate Events Netflix series could begin this March in Vancouver.

The saga has always appealed to adults as well as kids. It’s great that Netflix has recognized the source material’s dark potential.

Won’t NPH be a great Olaf?!