Neil Patrick Harris is the man of many faces, and wigs, in the first full-length trailer for “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
It’s clear from the footage that Netflix didn’t skimp on the budget for its eight-episode adaptation of the bestselling series of children’s novels. There’s an otherworldly aesthetic reminiscent of the late great “Pushing Daisies,” as we move back and forth between the candy-colored outside world and the gloom and doom of Harris’ wicked Count Olaf.
As in the novels by author Daniel Handler and in the 2004 film, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” chronicles 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 children must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.
Debuting Jan. 13 on Netflix, the series also stars Malina Weissman as Violet, Louis Hynes as Klaus, Bernadette Peters as Aunt Josephine, Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss, Aasif Mandvi as Uncle Monty, Catherine O’Hara as Dr. Georgina Orwell, K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Arthur Poe, Don Johnson as Sir and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket.
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