Langella, who earned a best actor Oscar nomination for 2008’s Frost/Nixon, was set to play Roderick Usher in the streamer’s eight-episode horror project inspired by multiple Edgar Allan Poe tales.
The investigation was completed with the series midway through production, meaning the actor’s role will be recast, and footage of Langella, 84, will not be used, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Netflix declined to comment. A representative for the star did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Deadline was first to report Langella’s exit.
The project hails from the Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass team of Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy. Mark Hamill, Carla Gugino, Mary McDonnell and Carl Lumbly are among the previously announced cast members.
Langella is also known for appearing in such films as Masters of the Universe (1987), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Robot & Frank (2012) and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020). He has had roles on TV series including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, FX’s The Americans and Showtime’s Kidding.