Meryl Streep and Jude Law are joining Jim Carrey on the “Lemony Snicket” ticket.
Streep will play Aunt Josephine, and Law is being recruited by Brad Silberling to play narrator Lemony Snicket in the Paramount/DreamWorks adaptation of the Daniel Handler children’s book series “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
Young thesps Liam Aiken and Emily Browning have also been set to play Klaus and Violet Baudelaire, two of the three orphans who are the central protagonists of the series. The film will begin production in November, for a holiday 2004 release.
Streep’s Aunt Josephine character is one of a succession of relatives who takes in the Baudelaires, who were orphaned after their parents died in a fire. Josephine appeared in the third Snicket book “The Wide Window.” She lives in a house perched atop a cliff above Lake Lachrymose, which is filled with leeches, and Josephine is terrified of every modern convenience. She’s an easy mark for Count Olaf (Carrey), a sinister relative who, with a group of odd henchmen, is trying to kill the kids to cash in their family fortune.
Law has begun talks with Silberling for the title role. Snicket narrates each book, and Law would be primarily a vocal presence, although he would also have on-camera scenes, sources said.
The project is a firm go after “Galaxy Quest” scribe Robert Gordon turned in a rewrite of a script originally done by author Handler, back when Barry Sonnenfeld was going to be the film’s director. The film’s shooting in Los Angeles, with Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor producing.