Actor Frank Langella has been kicked off the production of the new Netflix horror series, “Fall of the House of Usher.”
Producers have been investigating claims of misconduct on set and decided to fire Langella, 84, after their investigation, as per The Hollywood Reporter.
Frank Langella Was Accused Of Making ‘Inappropriate Remarks’ To A Female Costar
The details of the investigation have been kept under wraps to protect the identity of the accuser, but it has been reported that Langella was accused of sexual harassment after making “inappropriate remarks” to a female costar. The investigation was complicated with the series midway through production. As a result, Langella’s role will be recast and footage that Langella had shot over the past few months will not be used.
The 84-year-old actor had previously earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in 2008’s “Frost/Nixon.” Langella had been cast as Roderick Usher in the limited eight-episode series, which is inspired by several works by horror author Edgar Allan Poe.
Frank Langella’s Role In ‘Fall Of The House Of Usher’ Will Be Recast
According to Deadline, Langella was not scheduled to work this week. All previous scenes that he shot will have to be refilmed, which will most likely cause a significant delay in the filming of the series.
Netflix has described the story as “an epic tale of greed, horror, and tragedy.”
Langella was supposed to play the Usher family patriarch Roderick Usher. There is no word as to who will replace him.
I love a job where doing your homework might give you nightmares.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 1, 2022
“Star Wars” alum Mark Hamill has already been cast in the series. Although his character has not been named, he is rumored to be “surprisingly at home in the shadows.” Hamill will be joined by actress Carla Gugino, who has appeared in many of Flanagan’s other Netflix projects. “Major Crimes” star Mary McDonnell has been cast as Roderick’s twin sister, Madeline Usher, and “Alias” actor Carl Lumbly has been cast as detective C. Auguste Dupin. Willa Fitzgerald joined the cast on January 28.
“The Fall of the House of Usher” is the latest project created by Mike Flanagan, who is the mastermind behind Netflix horror classics such as “The Haunting of Hill House,” “The Haunting of Bly Manor” and the recent “Midnight Mass,” all of which have reached critical acclaim.
The series will last eight episodes, each of which has been written by Flanagan himself. He and long-time collaborator Michael Fimognari will each be directing four episodes.
Hamill previously led his Twitter followers on a guessing game back in February to tease the name of his new series.
Very excited about the project I’m working on!
Most people would simply announce the title in a straightforward manner, but where’s the fun in that?
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— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 2, 2022
No release date has yet to be announced for the new Netflix horror series, “Fall of the House of Usher,” but it is unlikely to arrive in time for Halloween… at least this year.