Netflix has expelled actor Frank Langella from The Fall of the House of Usher in the middle of production after an investigation into his “unacceptable conduct.”
It is alleged that 84-year-old made improper remarks on set to a female co-actor – sexual harassment, leading up to the investigation.
The series is an adaptation of a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, a gothic fiction in which themes of madness, family, isolation, and metaphysical identities are seen. It is created by Mike Flanagan, who is also the executive director—four of the eight episodes are directed by him.
In the show, Langella portrays the Usher family’s patriarch, Roderick Usher. Unfortunately, the role now needs to be recast, and clips with him need to be reshot.
The story, first published in 1893, follows the journey of the downfall of the house of the monarchal Usher family. Michael Fimognari, a director and cinematographer, will direct the other four episodes of the show.
Mary McDonnell, Kate Siegel, Mark Hamill, Carla Gugino, and Carl Lumbly are among the show’s cast.
It seems that both Langella and Flanagan’s representatives are not commenting on the matter at this time.
The veteran actor has snagged four Tony Awards: two for Best Actor in a Play, and two for Best Featured Actor in a Play, with the former for his role as Frost/Nixon’s Richard Nixon and the latter for his performances in Edward Albee’s Seascape and Ivan Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool. He has starred in films such as Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), Mel Brook’s The Twelve Chairs (1970), Dracula (1979), Masters of the Universe (1987), Dave (1993), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Starting Out in the Evening (2007), Robot & Frank (2012), Captain Fantastic (2016), and The Trial of the Chicago (2020).