Nathan Fillion has joined Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Jun 12, 2017, 10:53 AM EDT

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events isn’t just an under-the-radar Netflix series based on the YA novels by Daniel Handler. With its snappy dialogue and deliberate staging, it’s the spiritual successor to the criminally canceled Pushing Daisies. Season 1 was delightful. But Season 2 looks even more compelling: Nathan Fillion has been added to the cast.

Fillion will be joined by new additions Tony Hale, Sara Rue, Lucy Punch and Roger Bart, and their roles are currently undisclosed. Since Fillion’s sweet spot is the dramatic range between cheesy and smarmy, he should fit right in with the show's weird dynamic.

My favorite line, from the adult Count Olaf to 14-year-old Violet Baudelaire: "If I were standing closer to you, I would slap you. In the throat."

He will also fit in well with at least one other member of the cast: Lemony Snicket stars Neil Patrick Harris, who played the anti-villain to Fillion’s vile hero in Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Fillion continues to be busy after ending his eight-year run as the eponymous star of Castle in 2016. He recently appeared in six episodes of Modern Family and has loaned his voice for one episode of Rick and Morty. But why take what appears to be a co-starring role when he could be the leading man?

Perhaps he’s following the advice of his former Firefly character, Captain Mal Reynolds: Find a job. Keep flying.