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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is heading to our screens once again… but this time in somewhat smaller dimensions.

The best-selling series of children’s books by Daniel Handler has been made into a TV series for Netflix, but being destined for the small screen doesn’t mean its ambitions are any smaller.

Behind the eight-episode adaptation are Barry Sonnenfeld, the director responsible for Men in Black and The Addams Family, and showrunner Mark Hudis, best known for True Blood and Nurse Jackie.

The cast list also features stars more often seen on the big screen. It includes Oscar nominee Joan CusackHome Alone‘s Catherine O’Hara as Dr. Georgina Orwell, and Don Johnson as Sir, along with The Daily Show favorite Aasif MandviLuke Cage‘s Alfre Woodard as Aunt Josephine, Elementary‘s K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Poe, and Patrick Warburton as the eponymous Lemony Snicket.

But the most intriguing casting of all has got to be Neil Patrick Harris, who’ll take up the role first played by Jim Carrey in the 2004 film version: that of Count Olaf, the estranged uncle of the three Baudelaire children who’s desperate to get his hands on the family fortune.

A teaser trailer released earlier this month gave us a brief glimpse of the How I Met Your Mother star, almost unrecognizable underneath a sinister-looking nose and monobrow, but we finally get to see him in action in the full-length trailer released yesterday (November 17):

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events comes to Netflix on January 13.

What do you think of NPH as Olaf?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.