This is far from unfortunate! Following nine hilarious seasons as womanizer Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris is returning to a TV series in a very different role: The actor was just cast as the sinister Count Olaf in Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Deadline reports.
Harris will play the villainous count, who stands in the way of orphaned children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire as they try to uncover the truth behind their parents’ deaths. He joins Rules of Engagement alum Patrick Warburton, whose deep baritone will voice the title character and narrator Lemony Snicket, in the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While Harris's role is significantly darker than his HIMYM character, the versatile actor has proven that he can take on anything, from a skeevy millionaire in Gone Girl to a twisted ventriloquist on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
What'll happen when Harris once again crosses over to the dark side? We can't wait to find out—after all, he’s an expert in playing the character we love to hate.