Neil Patrick Harris Joins Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' in Lead Role

"How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris is in talks to star in Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harris will play Count Olaf, the evil uncle of series protagonists Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. Harris follows Jim Carrey, who played the character in the 2004 movie adaptation of the popular book series.

The book series is written and narrated by the fictional Lemony Snicket (a pen name for Daniel Handler) and follows the adventures, trials and tribulations of the orphaned children as they try to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths. Handler will executive produce the Netflix series.

Though the series has gained Harris, "True Blood" veteran Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner. The search for a replacement is underway.

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