Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale Join Unfortunate Events
Earlier this year, Netflix released the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events to high acclaim. Production recently began on season two and Netflix is stoking the fan fires by announcing five actors that are joining the series.
According to the series’ official Instagram page, Nathan Fillion will be joining his castmate from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Neil Patrick Harris (Count Olaf), as Jacques Snicket, brother to author and narrator Lemony Snicket, played brilliantly by Patrick Warburton. Tony Hale and Lucy Punch will be Jerome and Esmé Squalor, who eventually becomes Count Olaf’s girlfriend. Roger Bart will be Vice Principle Nero of the Prufrock Preparatory School, which is where the final episode of season one finds both the Baudelaires and the Quagmires, another set of orphans that have a very unfortunate time of things. Also joining the cast is Sara Rue, whose character hasn’t been officially announced yet. She may be a teacher at Prufrock, although all these new characters are spread across many of the novels, so she could play a character in one of the later episodes.
Season one covered the story of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire – played by Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith – who lose their parents in a mysterious fire. The care of the orphans is overseen by the incompetent but well-meaning Mr. Arthur Poe (K. Todd Freeman) who continually places the children in peril with each successive, and unsuccessful, caretaker. It ends with the orphans being sent to Prufrock where they will inevitably meet another set of orphans, Isadora and Duncan Quagmire, played by Avi Lake and Dylan Kingwell, who get wrapped up in the Baudlaire’s reluctant adventures.
Season two will be ten episodes long, picking up with The Austere Academy and ending with The Carnivorous Carnival. No release date has been set, although it may likely be released in January like season one. Season three will cover the last four books, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, and The End. It would be nice if Netflix would also pick up author Lemony Snicket’s (Daniel Handler) companion series All The Wrong Questions that focuses on Snicket’s childhood. Having another television series based in the perilous and precarious world of the Baudelaires would make many fans ecstatic, a word which here means “tickled to death.”