Bruce Greenwood has joined the cast of the Netflix limited series, taking the place of Frank Langella, who was sacked mid-production after an internal inquiry found he had engaged in “inappropriate conduct” on set.
Greenwood’s hiring was confirmed by series creator Mike Flanagan on Friday. “I’m overjoyed to welcome my dear buddy, the brilliant BRUCE GREENWOOD, as the immortal Roderick Usher in THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER,” he tweeted. “This will be our fourth cooperation (if you regard the background ghost cameo in HILL HOUSE as a collaboration).”
Greenwood previously collaborated with Flanagan on the films Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep.
Bruce Greenwood and Frank Langella (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; Brent N. Clarke/Getty)
After being accused of sexual harassment, which included making inappropriate comments on set to a female costar, Langella left Usher, prompting the investigation. He hasn’t spoken anything about his leaving in public. Greenwood will now reshoot all of his scenes.
The eight-part series is based on Edgar Allen Poe’s chilling 1839 short story about a dynastic family and their patriarch. Flanagan is directing and executive producing four episodes, with House of Usher cinematographer Michael Fimognari directing the remaining four.
Mary McDonnell, Kate Siegel, Mark Hamill, Carla Gugino, and Carl Lumbly round out the cast.