The eldest Addams daughter is ready to reclaim her narrative. After stealing scenes and terrorizing communities in countless movies and TV shows, Wednesday Addams is getting her own solo spinoff series. She's bringing her monochromatic wardrobe and devious plans for world domination to a live-action Netflix show from Tim Burton, Deadline reports. The eight-episode project, titled Wednesday, will chronicle her time as a student at Nevermore Academy. Ahead of the series premiere, here’s everything we know about Netflix’s Wednesday:
The Wednesday Plot
While in school, the teen will embrace her “sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting” abilities for a new adventure. “That’s where she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships,” an official description of the series reads. This also means other members of the Addams clan, including Morticia and Gomez Addams (aka the only married couple goals I aspire to), will appear in the show.
The Wednesday Cast & Production Team
In addition to executive producing the series, Burton will also direct and serve as showrunner alongside Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. Gough and Millar are also set to write the Netflix series. Teddy Biaselli, Netflix’s Director Original Series, said in a statement that the writers “nailed the tone, the spirit, and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story,” with their initial Wednesday pitch. As for Burton's involvement, “Tim has had a history of telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deitz and Batman,” Biaselli continued. “And now he brings his unique vision to Wednesday and her spooky classmates at Nevermore Academy.”
In May, the only cast member who had been announced was for the character of Wednesday herself. Jenna Ortega, who played the extremely wise and unsupervised teen named Ellie in You, will be taking on the lead role and shared the news by posting a picture of her holding the script.
Of course, Wednesday Addams has been immortalized in several adaptations of the Charles Addams cartoons. Christina Ricci famously depicted the character in both 1991's The Addams Family and 1993's Addams Family Values. Krysta Rodriguez brought the role to life on stage for Broadway's The Addams Family: A New Musical in 2010. Most recently, Chloë Grace Moretz voiced Wednesday in 2019's animated movie The Addams Family.
As for Wednesday’s kooky parents, on Monday, Aug. 9, Netflix announced via Twitter that the two iconic roles have been filled. Playing the red lipstick-donning matriarch Morticia Addams is Catherine Zeta-Jones (Queen America, Chicago). The witchy role was previously brought to life by Carolyn Jones, Charlize Theron (in the animated movie), and, perhaps most notably, by Anjelica Huston in the movie adaptations. Meanwhile, Luis Guzmán (Narcos, We’re The Millers) is set to play Morticia’s husband, Gomez. Actors Raul Julia, John Astin, Tim Curry, and Oscar Isaac all previously brought the cigar-puffing mustached patriarch to life.
On Aug. 27, Netflix revealed the rest of the series’ regular cast, which includes Hunter Doohan (Your Honor, Truth Be Told) as Tyler Galpin, an unlikely friend of Wednesday’s who has a strained relationship with his sheriff father. Georgie Farmer (Treadstone, The Evermoor Chronicles) is set to play Ajax Petropolus, an awkward and shy Nevermore Academy student with high-strung nerves toward eye contact — who happens to also be a Gorgon. Moosa Mostafa (Nativity Rocks!, The Last Bus) will portray quirky Nevermore student Eugene Otinger, who runs the school’s beekeeping club. Emma Myers (Girl in the Basement, Taste of Christmas) will appear as Wednesday’s upbeat Californian roommate Enid Sinclair, who comes from a pack of San Francisco werewolves. Portraying one of the school’s cool kids is Naomi J. Ogawa (Skylin3s) as Yoko Tanaka, “a vampire with Harajuku-inspired Goth flair,” per Netflix.
Additionally, Joy Sunday (Dear White People, The Beta Test) will play one of Nevermore’s most popular students, Bianca Barclay, who comes from a family of Sirens with incredible persuasion powers. Percy Hynes White (The Gifted, Pretty Hard Cases) will step into the role of the wealthy and supernaturally artistic Xavier Thorpe, whose father is a celebrity psychic. Thora Birch (Ghost World, The Walking Dead) is set to portray Wednesday’s dorm mother, Tamara Novak, the school’s only on-staff “Normie” with a knack for plant care. Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Another Period) will play a local therapist named Dr. Valery Kinbott, who works in sleepy Jericho and is particularly interested in Wednesday, her newest patient. Finally, Jamie McShane (Mank, Bloodline) rounds out the cast as Jericho native Sheriff Donovan Galpin, who takes issue with Nevermore Academy and has a vendetta against former student Gomez Addams.
The Wednesday Release Date
An official release date for Wednesday has yet to be unveiled. But considering the State Of The World, there's perhaps never been a better time for this unsettling icon to wield her mighty axe of destruction.
This post will be updated with the trailer, release date, and additional plot and cast details as more information on Wednesday becomes available.
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