Back in February, it was revealed that Tim Burton would be directing a live-action Wednesday Addams series for Netflix. Now, it’s been revealed who will portray the show’s titular misanthrope — and it’s not who some might expect…
According to Bloody Disgusting, actor Jenna Ortega, known for her work in Insidious: Chapter 2, Iron Man 3, The Babysitter: Killer Queen and Scream, has been cast as Wednesday in the upcoming live-action series simply titled Wednesday. Ortega is also known for her progressive activism, making her an interesting choice for the spookiest girl in all of cinema.
As of now, Netflix have ordered eight episodes of a live-action series surrounding the Addams Family’s only daughter. Tim Burton’s take on this “spooky coming-of-age story” will be “a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy,” and will focus on “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.” Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (known for their work on Smallville) are writing and showrunning, and Burton is directing.
Check out the poster below:
Oretga joins a legacy of much-loved actors portraying the role of Wednesday Addams, most notably Cristina Ricci, whose depiction of the character in the 1991 film The Addams Family and 1993’s Addams Family Values have redefined Wednesday since the films’ release. Other than Ricci, Wednesday was voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz in the 2019 animated Addams Family movie. She was also portrayed by Melissa Hunter in the webseries Adult Wednesday, about Addams’ adventures into the various realms of adulting (finding an apartment, having a one-night stand, etc).
More as it unfolds, but in the meantime, learn how to do pigtails before Halloween.
Words by Chris Krovatin