Watch a trailer for Tim Burton’s Wednesday
Wednesday, the latest version The Addams Family, is almost here. Directed by Tim Burton, the Netflix series will be released this fall, just in time for the spooky season.
The rights to the original The Addams Family illustrations was acquired by Illumination Entertainment in conjunction with Universal Pictures in 2010.
Tim Burton was originally linked to the direct 1991s The Addams Family adaptation, before deciding to direct Batman returns.
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Over 30 years at Burton have finally worked on a project in the franchise that has gone through several planned iterations over the past decade from a stop-motion animation before finally taking shape as a live-action series on Netflix.
This will be a new take on the beloved franchise, separate from the two live-action films starring Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci and Raul Julia and also unrelated to the more recent animated films.
The franchise has gone through many iterations over the years from a 1960s TV series, 90s movies and a Broadway musical.
As the title suggests, the series will focus on Wednesday Addams (played by Ricci in the 90s movies) sees this version Yell star Jenna Ortega takes on the role. It has been billed as a coming-of-age supernatural mystery comedy centered around Wednesday’s formative years at Nevermore Academy.
This version directed by gothic maestro Burton seems to be closer to Charles Addams cartoons, which will help it differentiate itself from previous versions of the characters. The series will allow the family and their relationship to be examined from Wednesday’s lens.
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In addition to Burton, episodes of Wednesday will be directed by Gandja Monteiro and James Marshall. The show was created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar who also serve as writers for the series. Burton regular Danny Elfman who composed the scores for both of his Batman films among many others, return on scoring tasks.
Wednesday Release date
Netflix has confirmed that the series will have its world premiere on November 27.
Jenna Ortega was cast in the lead role in May 2021, followed in August by Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams and Catherine Zeta Jones as Morticia, played so iconic by Anjelica Huston.
Filming began in September 2021 in Bucharest, Romania and ended in March 2022.
As with the films before it, Wednesday features an ensemble cast with the latest spin on the gothic family. In the lead is 19-year-old Jenna Ortega, perhaps best known for her role as Tara Carpenter in the last film in Yell franchise.
Speaking about her version of Wednesday, Addams’ Jenna Ortega said: “Wednesday is currently a teenager and we’ve never seen her as a teenager before.
“Her snarky, sassy remarks might not necessarily sound as charming coming from someone who should probably know better than a 10-year-old girl. It was a balancing act. We didn’t want to make her sound like any other teenage girl, but we also didn’t want to make her too ignorant.And we’ve never seen her that much on screen.
“Every other time you’ve seen Wednesday, she’s been the one-liner, the end of a joke, she always hits it, and I think that’s what people really love about her. But in this show, every scene is Wednesday. There’s an opportunity to to give her a little more dimension and she becomes a little more of a real person, which I don’t think we’ve ever seen before.”
Joining Ortega as the members of the Addams Family are Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams and Catherine Zeta Jones as Morticia. The family is rounded out with newcomer Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams.
Other principal cast members include Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin and Game of Thrones, Star Wars and The Sandman stars Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems, headmistress of Nevermore Academy, and former classmate of Morticia who it’s safe to say is not a fan of the troubled family.
Thora Birch was originally cast in the series to play Tamara Novak, but dropped out of the project due to personal reasons in December 2021.
Christina Ricci, who of course played Wednesday so memorably in the film series, has been cast in an undisclosed role, it is understood that this role may fill the one originally planned for Birch.
Wednesday will see an older version of the character than those previously shown as she navigates her high school years and the nature of her family. Before arriving at Nevermore, Wednesday has attended eight schools in five years, always getting in trouble at each for his dark deeds. The older age of the character will help differentiate the series from previous iterations of the character.
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The series synopsis reads “Wednesday Addams’ misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school nestled in deepest New England”
Fittingly, Netflix released the first trailer for the series on Wednesday, August 17. This trailer followed a short teaser released in June to whet the appetite of fans.
You can watch the trailer below.
Wednesday will stream on Netflix from November 27. Watch Wednesday supporter