Jenna Ortega to play Wednesday Addams in upcoming Netflix’s series

Tim Burton has cast his new Wednesday Addams for Netflix’s forthcoming live-action Addams Family drama Wednesday.

Jenna Ortega will star in the series from director Burton and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar.

Wednesday is described as a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy.

Wednesday’s 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.

Ortega’s credits also include the upcoming Scream revival that is due next year.

The tale of The Addams Family, a fictional household created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, has had a number of screen iterations over the years including two live-action TV series; a live-action film franchise, and most recently an animated movie from MGM with the sequel dropping in 2021.

Christina Ricci, the actress most closely associated the character, played Wednesday in both feature films, The Addams Family in 1991 and sequel Addams Family Values in 1993.

Wednesday Addams was played by Lisa Loring in the original series.

In the first animated series she was voiced by Cindy Henderson, and by Debi Derryberry in the second animated series, both from Hanna-Barbera. Wednesday is portrayed by Nicole Fugere in the straight-to-video movie Addams Family Reunion and then-Fox Family Channel’s television series The New Addams Family, which were both produced in 1998.

The Addams Family: A New Musical debuted on Broadway in April 2010 with Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday. Most recently, Chloë Grace Moretz voiced Wednesday in MGM’s 2019 animated movie The Addams Family.

Interview: Carel Struycken (Twin Peaks, Addams Family)

11 thoughts on “Jenna Ortega to play Wednesday Addams in upcoming Netflix’s series

  1. […] Actress Jenny Ortega has been cast in the lead role of Wednesday Addams with Catherine Zeta Jones & Luis Guzman signing on to play Morticia & Gomez Addams alongside the further cast announced including Gwendoline Christie. The series, which is simply titled “Wednesday” will follow the beloved Addams Family character’s “spooky coming-of-age.” […]


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