After so many teases, Netflix has released the first full-length trailer for its adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books. After their parents perish—that means “killed,” by the way—in a fire, the Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with a guardian who seems to be out only for their fortune. Whereas previous teasers focused on Neil Patrick Harris’ nefarious Count Olaf, here we meet a bevy of colorful characters inhabiting Snicket’s world—including Olaf as Captain Julio Sham, Olaf as herpetologist Stephano, Olaf as receptionist Shirley T. Sinoit-Pécer… Suffice to say, it looks like Olaf’s many disguises are on display. But there’s also plenty of mystery and super secret organizations!
It’s safe to guess that the Netflix series will adapt several of Snicket’s books, as we see Violet, Klaus, and baby Sunny try to outsmart Olaf—not difficult, considering the bit with the hourglass—and discover the truth behind their parents’ lives before the fire. In doing so, they stumble upon detailed maps, coded messages in old movies, and The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations! Plus, plenty of friends and foes:
All eight episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events drop at once on Friday, January 13.