Mike Flanagan’s next Netflix horror series is attracting an all-star cast.
The Fall of the House of Usher–an eight-episode series described as a “modern remix of some of the most iconic works of Edgar Allan Poe”–this week announced its first cast members, as reported by thewrap.com, and the talent level is impressive.
Flanagan–the filmmaker behind such Netflix hits as The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor and Midnight Mass–said stage and screen legend Frank Langella (1979’s Dracula) will play Roderick Usher, “the towering patriarch of the Usher dynasty,” with Mary McDonnell (Dances With Wolves) portraying Madeline Usher, “Roderick’s twin sister and the hidden hand of the dynasty.”
In addition, Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep) will play “Poe’s legendary investigator C. Auguste Dupin,” and Star Wars icon Mark Hamill will portray a character “surprisingly at home in the shadows.” Carla Gugino (Gerald’s Game) has also been cast in an undisclosed role.
The Intrepid Pictures limited series–which is expected to start production in the next few weeks–does not yet have a debut date on Netflix. Flanagan said the show is not “of the DNA of the Haunting series. It’s very much its own thing tonally and thematically. It’s something we’ve never done before.”
Flanagan and Michael Fimognari will each direct four episodes of the series, with Trevor Macy, Emmy Grinwis, Flanagan and Fimognari acting as executive producers.
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