Neil Patrick Harris joins Netflix in A Series of Unfortunately Events. Rules of Engagement and The Tick alum Patrick Warburton has landed the key role in the Netflix drama series, according to The Huffington Post.
Picked up straight-to-series, A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the tale of orphaned children Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny Baudelaire, who find themselves in the villainous clutches of an evil uncle named Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) who has designs on their family fortune.
Warburton will take on the role of Lemony Snicket, the harried and troubled writer-photographer who is falsely accused of felonies and is continuously hunted by police and his enemies — including the fire-starting side of secret organization Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). Jude Law voiced the role of Lemony Snicket in the 2004 feature film.
For Warburton, the role comes ahead of the March 15 debut of NBC’s midseason series Crowded, where he is the male lead in the family comedy. He also was rumored to have been reprising his role as comic book character The Tick in Amazon’s reboot, which is currently casting its leading man. Warburton’s credits include Seinfeld, Rules of Engagement, NewsRadio and voice roles on Family Guy. He is repped by ICM Partners and 3 Arts.
Mark Hudis will take over as showrunner on the series, which hails from Paramount Television in association with Netflix. Daniel Handler, the author of the books who uses the pen name Lemony Snicket, executive produces.
Harris joins the series after his appearance on CBS’ long-running comedy How I Met Your Mother, which earned him four Emmy nominations. Harris, who most recently hosted NBC’s variety show Best Time Ever, won four Emmys for hosting the Tony Awards and another Emmy for his guest-starring stint on Glee.
Neil Patrick Harris, who also hosted the 87th annual Academy Awards, and won a Tony for his performance in the Broadway revival of Hedwig And The Angry Inch. In features, he will next begin production on Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, which is slated to begin production this spring.