A Series of Unfortunate Events unfold in the latest pair of photos for Netflix’s forthcoming series, introducing us to both the distraught Baudelaire orphans and their conniving guardian, Count Olaf.
How I Met Your Mother stalwart Neil Patrick Harris is on board to portray the latter, even sporting a sinister-looking nose and ghastly monobrow to boot. Promising cruel whimsy and whimsical cruelty, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a new spin on the novel series by Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler) and bears no affiliation to the 2004 movie that had Jim Carrey in the role of Olaf.
It’s still the same tragic tale, of course, with Violet (Malina Weissman), Sunny and Klaus Baudelaire (Louis Hynes) struggling to catch a break after the untimely – and downright mysterious – death of their parents. Things go from bad to worse when they’re introduced to their newfound guardian, Olaf, who will stop at nothing to get his claws on the family inheritance.
Curious to get a glimpse of Netflix’s series in motion? Worry not, for today’s new photos are designed to ramp up excitement ahead of Thursday’s trailer reveal. In the meantime, we now have our first look at Justice Strauss and Dr. Orwell, courtesy of Handler himself.
— Daniel Handler (@DanielHandler) November 14, 2016
There’s also word of the official synopsis, which you can find below.
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.
Strap in, folks; Netflix is poised to kickstart A Series of Unfortunate Events on January 13, 2017. The inaugural season will run for eight episodes in total, and you can get a peek at Harris’ dastardly Count Olaf via the teaser trailer below. Don’t forget as well that the all-new trailer is due to drop on Thursday, so be sure to check back to We Got This Covered as we’ll have full coverage.