EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated actor Frank Langella is out as the lead of The fall of House Usher, Netflix eight-episode limited series based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
Langella has been investigated, which has been completed, sources told Deadline. He determined that Langella had been involved in unacceptable conduct on set. As a result, a decision was made to recast the role of Roderick Usher, I learned.
The Fall of House Usher is about halfway through production. Scenes already filmed by Langella will be returned.
Langella hadn’t planned to work this week. Filming for the series will continue with scenes not involving Roderick Usher’s character until a new actor is cast. Netflix declined to comment. Representatives for Langella could not be reached for comment.
Sources confirmed to Deadline’s TMZ report earlier this week that the investigation was launched after the 84-year-old actor was accused of sexual harassment, including making inappropriate comments to a female co-star on the tray during work.
Langella directed the casting of The Fall of House Usherwhich also stars Carla Gugino, Mary McDonnell, Carl Lumbly and Mark Hamill.
The eight-episode series is described as an epic tale of greed, horror, and tragedy. Poe’s little story The Fall of House Usherwhich serves as the basis for the show, addresses the themes of madness, family, isolation and identity.
Roderick Usher, the role previously played by Langella which is now being recast, is the towering patriarch of the Usher dynasty.
The series, which was created by Mike Flanagan, is produced by the author with his Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy as well as Emmy Grinwis and Michael Fimognari. Intrepid Pictures co-executive Melinda Nishioka is producing the project. Flanagan and Michael Fimognari each direct four episodes.