Frank Langella will be recast in Mike Flanagan’s retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, following misconduct allegations.
Netflix is set to recast Frank Langella in their new limited series, The Fall of the House of Usher, following misconduct allegations. Langella was set to star as Roderick Usher, the patriarch of the Usher dynasty, in Mike Flanagan’s retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short story. Langella found massive fame when he starred as Dracula in the 1979 gothic film of the same name. His most recent accolades include portraying judge Julius Hoffman in Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Described as a modern interpretation of Poe’s classic story, Flanagan’s new series will deal with elements of family, greed, madness, horror, and tragedy. The Fall of the House of Usher also stars Mary McDonnell, Mark Hamill, Carl, Lumbly, and Carla Gugino. The series will also feature actors from Flanagan’s previous shows, The Haunting series and Midnight Mass, including Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, Rahul Kohli, and Annabeth Gish. While filming is underway, it appears the show will need to reshoot certain scenes, following recent news.
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Deadline reports that Netflix is, in fact, recasting Langella’s role in The Fall of the House of Usher, following sexual misconduct allegations. The actor was the subject of an investigation, which has now been completed and determined that Langella was involved in unacceptable behavior on set. Due to the findings of this investigation, the role of Roderick Usher will need to be recast.
Langella was originally accused of sexual harassment last Tuesday after he reportedly made an inappropriate joke to a female cast member on set of the series. As a result of his comments, the 84-year-old actor was not scheduled to work this week as the investigation was underway. While the name of the actress Langella made the comments to has not been revealed, sources close to the series tell that filming will continue with scenes that do not involve the Roderick Usher character until a new actor is cast in the role.
Based on the findings of the investigation into the incident, it seems like Netflix made the right call in recasting the role. Although fans of Langella may be saddened by the news, those looking forward to watching The Fall of the House of Usher can rest easy knowing filming will continue as planned. As to who will replace Langella’s character in the series is not yet known at this time. The eight-episode limited series also does not currently have an announced release date.
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