Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Has Begun Casting Violet and Klaus
Now that Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events adaptation has its official brain trust behind the camera, fans of Lemony Snicket’s work eagerly await casting news for the major roles, particularly against the prior film. And while our Count Olaf remains in the shadows for now, Netflix has officially begun casting the new Violet and Klaus.
Picking up where Emily Browning and Liam Aiken left off in the original 2004 film, Netflix has released an open casting call for the two major Baudelaire children, along with an official synopsis for the series:
A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes, and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death. The books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 43 languages. The epic series will be executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld, who will also direct a number of episodes, and Daniel Handler, legal, literary and social representative for Lemony Snicket.
Producers are looking to cast the following series regular roles:
Violet – Female, 11-14 years old. A young, not-too-mature 14-year-old. She is self-confident, capable and smart beyond her years. She helps her brother and sister solve problems with her skills as an inventor. She is the eldest and a natural leader of the group.
Klaus – Male, 10-13 years old. He is the middle child in the family. He’s very smart and is a voracious reader. He loves books. He is charming.
As developed by Paramount TV and novel series author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket is a pen name), Netflix’s new live-action adaptation of the beloved series of books will follow orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. Apart from Jim Carrey’s unsuccessful, but appreciated 2004 take on the material the Series of Unfortunate Events novels have spawned a great deal of merchandise, from board games to albums.
It remains to be seen how quickly Netflix will move forward with A Series of Unfortunate Events, or when we’ll have our new Olaf, but does the new series hew closer to the source material? Check out the fake teaser, and original trailer for good measure: