In the popular movies of the ’90s, the role was made iconic by Christina Ricci, who was recently confirmed in a trailer as part of Wednesday’s cast. Ricci will play a teacher at Nevermore Academy, where much of the eight-parter takes place, after Wednesday was sent there following an incident involving piranhas and a pool at her regular school.
Also joining the cast is Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester, with the character’s appearance previously hinted at by Burton himself. Speaking of acting, the actor told RadioTimes.com what it would be like to embody a character previously played by the likes of Christopher Lloyd and Jackie Coogan and voiced by Nick Kroll.
“It’s a bit like making someone out of a comic strip,” Armisen said. “It’s iconic and there are already parameters for it. In a way that made it easier just because I wanted to continue that character – with everything that’s established and continue him.”
Armisen joins Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Isaac Ordonez, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane and Gwendoline Christie.
Described by Netflix as a “detective, supernaturally imbued mystery,” Wednesday’s series will navigate the trials and tribulations of youth, complete with monsters, severed limbs and psychic powers.
And it looks like she’ll literally have a helping hand. A new teaser gave us a glimpse of the Addams’ favorite hand, who is following to Nevermore Academy on Wednesday to spy on her parents.
Instead of mutilating it, however, Wednesday decides to enlist its help to escape “teenage purgatory”.
Burton’s style is evident in the trailers for the series, but showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar were unsure if the director would initially take on the project. As it turns out, they don’t need to worry.
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“He was interested in where it was going and the mystery of the show. He had a lot of questions about our previous television work and how we were able to reach them,” Gough told Vanity Fair.
He added: “He really loved that you had time to be with Wednesday and explore the character and you didn’t have to wrap things up in an hour and 45 minutes. The ambition for the show was to make an eight-hour Tim Burton film.”
Executive producer Gail Berman also told Variety that the “modern” version of Addams is unlike anything we’ve seen before.
“All the props go on [creators] Al Gough and Miles Millar,” she said. “It’s her baby with Tim Burton. It’s a modern narrative of history, it’s a clever reinterpretation. You’ve never seen that before.”
Would you like to know more? Read on for all the details in Burton’s Wednesday before release.
Wednesday release date speculation
Fittingly, Wednesday will land on Netflix Wednesday, 11/23.
The wacky and spooky series consists of eight episodes, all of which will be available to watch at once.
Netflix cast on Wednesday
In May 2021, Netflix announced that Jenna Ortega, best known for her role as tech-savvy teenager Ellie Alves in the second season of Netflix psychological thriller You, will lead the series’ cast as the title character.
Ortega also starred in the recent Scream movies X, Jane the Virgin, Richie Rich, Stuck in the Middle and The Babysitter: Killer Queen.
Ortega shared a picture of himself posing with the script on Instagram in November 2021, alongside the caption, “New chapter. I hope I can do justice to Addams on Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, Luis Guzmán (Code Black, Traffic) will play Wednesday’s father Gomez Addams, while Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Darling Buds of May) will play her mother Morticia Addams, it has also been confirmed.
Fred Armisen has also been confirmed as Uncle Fester.
Other cast members include Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones), who will play Larissa Weems, the headmistress of Nevermore Academy, and Isaac Ordonez, who will play Wednesday’s brother Pugsley Addams.
Victor Dorobantu will portray Thing and George Burcea will play the servant of the Lurch family.
Thora Birch (The Walking Dead) played Tamara Novak but left her role at the end of 2021, according to Deadline.
Excitingly, Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the film series, has signed on as a regular on the series. She will play Miss Thornhill, a teacher at the new school on Wednesday.
Rounding out the cast are Moosa Mostafa (Eugene Otinger), Emma Myers (Enid Sinclair), Naomi J. Ogawa (Yoko Tanaka), Tommie Earl Jenkins (Mayor Walker), Iman Marson (Lucas Walker), William Houston (Joseph Crackstone). , Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (Substitute Santiago), Oliver Watson (Kent), Calum Ross (Rowan) and Johnna Dias Watson (Divina).
Behind the scenes, Wednesday is directed and executive produced by Burton along with showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar.
Netflix’s Director of Original Series, Teddy Biaselli, previously spoke about having Burton on board to direct the story.
“We got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton was making his debut as a television director with this series,” he said in a statement.
“Tim has a history of telling stories about social misfits like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deetz and Batman. And now he’s bringing his unique vision to Wednesday and her creepy classmates at Nevermore Academy.”
Is there a trailer for Wednesday?
Yes, the first full-length trailer has landed, giving us a glimpse of Tim Burton’s take on the Addams family. See below:
Meanwhile, a new clip teasing an interaction between Wednesday and Thing was released in September 2022 as part of Netflix’s global TUDUM event. You can check it below:
What could happen on Netflix on Wednesday?
We’ll see how the title character comes to terms with her physical abilities, tries to thwart a monstrous rampage terrorizing the local school, and also on Wednesday solves a supernatural mystery that has haunted her family for decades.
The official Netflix synopsis reads: “A detective, supernaturally infused mystery chronicling Wednesday’s years as a student at the quirky Nevermore Academy.” The show was written by the team behind the popular Superman prequel Smallville, Al Gough and Miles Millar and will portray Wednesday as “the ultimate lone wolf”.
We can hardly wait!
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