As “A Series of Unfortunate Events” moves towards a November start (see our first news article on the film’s progress from July) – and name actors such as Jude Law and Meryl Streep join the film – the search now moves towards casting Count Olaf’s evil henchmen and henchwomen. According to FilmJerk.com sources, casting documents went out earlier this month for the five threatening and odd-looking members of Count Olaf’s evil theatre troupe, who carry out his orders.
Listed as supporting characters, these characters include failed actors, misfits and are impressively untalented in their theater acting. When not performing during the day, they assume various disguises as part of the plot by Olaf (Jim Carrey) to capture the Baudelaire children and their fortune.
According to casting documents FilmJerk.com has received, which are used by agents to submit their clients for possible auditions, the five roles sought include:
- Hook Handed Man: Scowling, sarcastic, and rough around the edges, he’s Count Olaf’s chief henchman, and does whatever ever it takes to please “The Boss.” He sometimes wears fake hands to cover his deformity, as he has hooks for hands.
- Bald Man: As nasty as his fellow henchmen, he acts as Olaf’s fawning manservant and also the master of ceremonies and stage manager of Olaf’s theatrical productions.
- White-Faced Woman #1: A henchwoman and Olaf’s maid. One tough broad, she is as deadpan as she is nasty, except when it comes to Olaf, whom she coddles. Always seen with her white-faced counterpart, she loves to gamble and torture the Baudelaire children.
- White-Faced Woman #2: Olaf’s other henchwoman and #1’s sidekick, she’s nasty, but agreeable, reiterating whatever her fellow white-faced cohort says.
- Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender: Perhaps the most comic of the henchpeople, and extremely large, we never realize if this henchperson is male or female. She/he sports several ridiculous disguises, dances and sings, with unintelligible glee.The film’s director is Brad Siberling, who took over duties from the above-mentioned Sonnefeld due to reported clashes on the budget. The film is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, 2004.
Executive Producer: Jim Van Wyck
Producers: Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald
Director: Brad Silberling
Casting Director: Avy Kaufman
Start Date: Mid-November 2003
Location: Los Angeles (for these roles only)
Production Company: Nickelodeon Movies
Distributors: Paramount Pictures (USA) and DreamWorks Pictures (international)