We’ve been following the casting news for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and so far, we’re very pleased with the choices!
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The Baudelaire Children
The three Baudelaire children are orphans, whose parents died in a fire. They are Violet (14), Klaus (12), and Sunny (4). They are placed in the custody of their distant relative, Count Olaf, who is a terrible guardian. The children are always getting into trouble and trying to escape from Olaf’s clutches.
Violet Baudelaire is the eldest child of the Baudelaire orphans, and is an inventor. In the Netflix series, she is portrayed by Malina Weissman.
Niel Patrick Harris has been cast as Klaus Baudelaire, the middle child of the Baudelaire orphans. Harris is best known for his role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. He has also starred in the Harold & Kumar franchise and hosted the Tony Awards four times.
Sunny Baudelaire is the youngest of the three Baudelaire orphans. She is an infant in The Bad Beginning, a toddler in The Reptile Room, and a young child in The Wide Window. Sunny is very intelligent for her age. In The Austere Academy she invents an extremely powerful grappling hook, which the children use to great effect several times throughout their adventures. Although she cannot yet speak, Sunny is able to communicate effectively through a series of various noises and expressions, which her siblings and others have learned to interpret over time.
The Orphans’ Guardian
In need of a paternal figure and a home, the three Baudelaire children are sent to live with their nearest relative, Count Olaf. Olaf is a greedy, money-obsessed man who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. The children must outsmart Olaf at every turn to prevent him from stealing their fortune and ruining their lives.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been cast as Count Olaf, the children’s wicked guardian, in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
The character of Count Olaf is a vain, selfish, manipulative man who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the orphans’ fortune. He is often described as being tall and thin, with a long nose and sharp eyes. In the books, he is always trying to disguise himself in order to fool the children, and Harris will no doubt have a field day with all the different costumes and makeup looks he’ll get to play with.
We can’t wait to see what Harris brings to the role, and we’re sure he’ll be as slimy and diabolical as Count Olaf needs to be.
Mr. Poe is the banker in charge of the Baudelaire orphans’ affairs. He is inept, constantly coughing, and often forgets important details. Mr. Poe is portrayed by K. Todd Freeman in the 2017 TV series.
The Supporting Characters
As we know, every good story has a great cast of supporting characters. The same goes for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. So far, the casting for the supporting roles has been nothing short of incredible. In this article, we will take a look at the supporting cast members that have been confirmed so far.
In the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mrs. Bass is portrayed by Joan Cusack. Mrs. Bass is the mother of Isadora and Duncan, and the guardian of Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a fire. She is married to Jerome Squalor, who works as an important person in the city.
Mrs. Bass is a kind-hearted woman who wants nothing more than to protect the Baudelaire orphans from Count Olaf. However, she is often distracted by her shopping addiction and fails to see Olaf’s true nature. Cusack’s portrayal of Mrs. Bass capture’s the character’s warmth and vulnerability perfectly.
The Hook-Handed Man
Any good villain needs a few things: a diabolical plan, a posse of willing followers, and perhaps most importantly, an absolutely killer aesthetic. In Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Count Olaf has all three in spades. As played by Neil Patrick Harris in the 2004 film adaptation, Olaf is a sleazy thespian whose flair for the dramatic knows no bounds – and whose hooks for hands are just the icing on the cake.
While we don’t yet know who will be playing the Hook-Handed Man in Netflix’s upcoming TV series, we do know that he’ll be appearing in at least two episodes of the show. That’s not a lot of screen time, but considering how important Olaf is to the story, we’re sure that the producers will make every frame count.
The White-Faced Women
The white-faced women are a nameless group of villains who lurk around in the background of A Series of Unfortunate Events, popping up to bedevil the Baudelaires whenever it is convenient for the plot. They are distinguished by their white powder makeup and matching outfits, as well as their practice of always standing perfectly still.
The white-faced women first appear in The Austere Academy, when they are assigned to monitor Fabrizio de Modigliani’s painting class. They later reappear in The Ersatz Elevator, when they attempt to kidnap Sunny Baudelaire. In both cases, they are thwarted by Violet and Klaus Baudelaire.
It is unknown how many white-faced women there are, or who they report to. They do not seem to speak, but communicate with each other using a series of sinister hand gestures.