Netflix is holding a worldwide online casting call for its upcoming original show based on the best-selling series of books “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket (the nom de plume of author Daniel Handler).
The 13-book series tells of the misadventures orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire experience under the care of their evil uncle Count Olaf, who is trying to steal their inheritance, as they try 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 producers are looking to cast the following 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. The middle child in the family, he’s charming, very smart and a voracious reader.
Interested young actors can apply for the roles at www.lemonysnicketcasting.com between now and January 15, 2016.
The series is being executive produced by Handler and Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men In Black,” “Get Shorty”), who also executive produced the 2004 feature “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which starred Jim Carrey as Count Olaf and grossed more than $200 million worldwide. Sonnenfeld will also direct several episodes.
Mark Hudis (“True Blood”), who served as co-executive producer of the Amazon series“Hand of God,” was earlier reported to be an executive producer and showrunner for “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” but his name was absent from today’s announcement and Netflix declined to comment about the series’ showrunner and casting for other roles.
Produced by Toronto-based Take 5 Productions, Inc. (“Vikings,” “Penny Dreadful”), the series will begin shooting in Vancouver in early 2016.