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New ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ trailer revels in gloom


The Baudelaire orphans’ deliciously gloomy adventures take center stage in Netflix’s new trailer for its “A Series of Unfortunate Events” television adaptation.

The trailer is a follow-up to a teaser that revealed primary antagonist Count Olaf.

We are introduced to a plethora of new characters this time around, such as Aunt Josephine (who is played by Alfre Woodard, last seen in Netflix’s “Luke Cage” as the villainess Mariah Dillard), and a number of Count Olaf’s minions.

We also see Count Olaf in various disguises. In the books, Count Olaf dons ridiculous costumes to hide his true identity from his enemies and would-be victims.

It’s unclear how much the show will deviate from the books, as shows must often do, but it seems to capture its source material’s darkly humorous spirit. It’s also possessed of a surreal beauty, with grim, greyish hues clashing with bright colors, amazing costumes and sets, and a weird but enthralling cast of characters.

A poster was also released alongside the trailer.

 


“A Series of Unfortunate Events” is based on the 13-book series of the same name, which was penned by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). It tells the tale of the recently orphaned Baudelaire children, who routinely find themselves struggling to thwart Count Olaf’s attempts to steal their parent’s massive fortune.

It stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire, Louis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire, Presley Smith as Sunny Baudelaire, Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss, Catherine O’Hara as Dr. Orwell, K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Poe, and Aasif Maandvi as Uncle Monty.

Daniel Handler and Emmy Award-winning Barry Sonnenfeld are serving as the show’s executive producers.

The inaugural season of the Netflix television series will come with eight episodes. Its release date is January 13, 2017. — BM, GMA News

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