Netflix‘s has released the official trailer for it’s upcoming Addams Family series Wednesday.
The series will be a coming-of-age supernatural mystery comedy focusing on Wednesday Addams and her years as a high school student at Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to master her psychic powers, stop a monstrous killing spree of the town citizens, and solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family 25 years ago—all while navigating her new relationships.
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 and Christina Ricci.
The series will follow the beloved Addams Family character’s “spooky coming-of-age.”
Wednesday showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough say the Tim Burton-directed live-action Addams Family series is its “own thing” that hopefully watches more like a long movie in the famed filmmaker’s catalog.
Speaking to Vanity Fair as part of a first-look interview at the upcoming Netflix show, slated to drop in late 2022, Millar and Gough discussed how the series fits into the Addams Family universe and how they were able to bring Burton onboard as both director and executive producer.
Millar noted that when it comes to the story, it was important that the show “didn’t feel like a remake or a reboot.” Instead, their ambition “was to make it an eight-hour Tim Burton movie.”
“It’s something that lives within the Venn diagram of what happened before, but it’s its own thing,” he continues. “It’s not trying to be the movies or the ’60s TV show. That was very important to us and very important to Tim.”
As part of the interview, the co-creators also teased the Addams Family’s various character looks, with one notable absence: Uncle Fester. His presence, Millar and Gough say, is still under wraps.
“We have no comment on Uncle Fester,” Gough says. “Watch the show.”
Produced by MGM Television, the series is set to premiere on Netflix during the fourth quarter of 2022.
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.
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