Neil Patrick Harris to play Count Olaf in Netflix’s SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS adaptation

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a series of unfortunate events the end lemony snicketNeil Patrick Harris will play Count Olaf in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events adaptation, as initially reported by both Hypable and the Hollywood Reporter and confirmed in a Tweet from Harris.

Harris is best known for his role on “How I Met Your Mother,” though he’s also an acclaimed Broadway actor and starred in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” alongside Nathan Fillion.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is written by Daniel Handler under the Lemony Snicket pseudonym. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire try to find out the truth of their parents’ deaths while their villainous uncle Count Olaf tries to take their fortune. The entire series is available in print now.

Barry Sonnefeld, the man originally hired to direct the 2004 film adaptation, but who left after budget disagreements with Paramount, will act as director. Sonnenfeld was the director of the Addams Family films and the Men in Black films.

Mark Hudis of ‘True Blood’ originally signed on board as executive producer and showrunner, but has since stepped down for undisclosed reasons.

A trailer for the series that Netflix claims is fan-made caused a sensation when it hit the web earlier this year. The trailer has continued to appear in various articles with official news about the show, including Empire’s initial posting on Sonnefeld’s director position. Many fans claim the trailer is real and that it plays into the mystery and puzzling nature of the series.

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