Netflix fires leading actor in the middle of the production of a new horror series — all scenes have to be reshot — series news

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Mike Flanagan ‘s series are some of the best horror shows on Netflix. After his success with the island series » Midnight Mass «, where the big themes of death and forgiveness are treated in a creepy, moving and clever way, Flanagan and his team are already in the middle of the next project » The Fall Of The House Of Usher » . – whose production is now suffering a severe setback.

Big setback for production

After TMZ reported allegations of sexual harassment against Frank Langella earlier this week, industry magazine Deadline now exclusively reports that the lead actor has been fired following an internal investigation. In all, filming was halfway through and now all of the scenes involving the character of family patriarch Roderick Usher need to be reshot in this Edgar Allen Poe adaptation.

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A new actor is to be found for the role of Roderick Usher, who will succeed 84-year-old Langella. Langella has been an actor since the 1960s, acting on stage, in films and in series. In 1979 he starred as Dracula in the gothic horror film of the same name, in theaters and cinema he co-starred in Frost/Nixon and Netflix viewers have been able to see him in The Trial Of The Chicago 7 since 2020 .

This is known about the allegations

Deadline says Frank Langella behaved «unacceptably» on the set of The Fall Of The House Of Usher and, following an investigation, the decision was made to recast his part . Langella has been accused of sexual harassment, which would include making inappropriate comments to a co-worker.

TMZ clarified the allegations, citing a source close to the production: Frank Langella made an inappropriate sex joke and after touching a colleague’s leg during a scene or rehearsal, he followed up with a witty comment («Did you like that? «). As it stands, Frank Langella, known for his frivolous ways, has been exhibiting behavior that was considered normal in Hollywood for many decades but has become less and less tolerated in the wake of the 2017 Weinstein scandal.

That’s what «The Fall Of The House Of Usher» is about

Starring , among others, Mark Hamill («Star Wars»), Carla Gugino («Haunted Hill House») and Kate Siegel («Midnight Mass»), the horror series is an eight-episode adaptation of the short story The Fall of the House of Usher “. A nameless man visits his old, aristocratic childhood friend in a dilapidated property. A strange crack runs through the walls and the house is located on an eerie, mist-shrouded lake, where a demonic power is said to be up to mischief…

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