The Addams Family is one of the most beloved Hollywood franchises. It spawned two live-action feature films, two animated films, books and a ton of other merchandising articles. With the second animated adventure grossing around $120 Million at the global box office last year, there still seems to be interest for the famous family.
Netflix knows that and has ordered a Wednesday (the daughter in the family) spin-off series, starring up-and coming actress Jenna Ortega.
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Collider exclusively revealed the first poster for the upcoming series last week, which was unveiled at this year’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. The poster also confirmed the (expected) release window for the series, which is this fall. It seems likely that Netflix will try to release it around Halloween.
Take a first look below:
One of the most intriguing aspects of the series is that it’s developed by non-other than Tim Burton. The man who created Edward Scissorhands, directed Batman (1989) and Batman Returns as well as the two live-action Alice in Wonderland films and many more. He is known for his unique colorful, yet dark visuals and gothic atmosphere in most of his work, so he seems like a perfect fit to helm the series.
It is also worth noting that he directed all 8 episodes himself. Wednesday also reunites the director with his frequent collaborator Danny Elfman (Spider-Man, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), who is set to compose the series. The duo worked together on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or Burton’s Batman films.
Wednesday will be played by Jenna Ortega. The up-and coming actress has had quite a run this year. She first starred in the new entry of the iconic Scream horror franchise, which went on to become a box office hit and she is already set to star in next year’s Scream 6. She then starred in the acclaimed independent film The Fallout, for which she garnered critical acclaim.
After that she had a part in the new horror comedy Studio 666 by the Foo Fighters followed by a role in A24’s horror slasher X. Before her quick rise to stardom she starred in Netflix’s sequel to The Babysitter and in Yes Day alongside Jennifer Garner. She also appeared in Season 2 of Netflix’s hit show You.
Another fun cast member will be Christina Ricci. She played the role of Wednesday Addams in the two live-action The Addams Family films from the 90’s and is set to appear in Wednesday as a regular cast member. While we don’t know who she is playing, her return to the franchise can only mean good things for the upcoming series.
The series also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley and Gwendoline Christie as a main cast member known as Larissa Weems.
Check out the official synopsis here:
“Based on the character originally created by Charles Addams, “Wednesday” is a young adult TV series described as a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. 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 at Nevermore.”
Even as someone, who (still) hasn’t seen the original film from the 90’s nor the two animated adventures, I’m still looking forward to seeing the series. Jenna Ortega has been great in everything she’s been in and a series helmed by Tim Burton does sound pretty awesome. The rest of the cast is also exciting, so I have no doubt that this will be a fun watch, whenever it releases between September and November.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for Wednesday? Which has been your favorite The Addams Family film? Let’s discuss everything in the comments down below and on our Social Media.
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