What better time for a new version of The Addams Family than this Halloween? That’s when we’ll see the arrival of Wednesday, a new live-action Netflix series from Tim Burton that stars scream queen Jenna Ortega (Scream, American Carnage, X) as Wednesay Addams. We’ve seen images of her in the role before, but Vanity Fair has a new look at the rest of her creepy and kooky fam!
Starring as Morticia Addams is Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, with Luis Guzman as Gomez and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams.
Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in a pair of hit Addams Family movies, will appear in a brand new role.
Burton will direct each episode, but the series was created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, known for a little show called Smallville.
The series will focus on Wednesday’s time as a student at Nevermore Academy, 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.”
Gough and Miller talked about reaching out to Burton and what he brought to the show…
“He was interested in where it was going, and the mystery of the show,” Gough says. “He had a lot of questions about the previous television work we’d done, and how we were able to achieve it. He really loved that you had time to be with Wednesday and explore the character and you didn’t have to, you know, wrap things up in an hour and 45 minutes.” Millar added, “The ambition for the show was to make it an 8-hour Tim Burton movie.”