We reported in February 2021 that Netflix had won the bid war for Wednesday's Addams Family TV Show, directed by Tim Burton. In February 2022, filming ceased and the show is now in post production. Arriving in Fall 2022, we’re also keeping track of everything else you need to know about Wednesday, including the plot, casting news production updates, and the eventual Netflix release date.
The upcoming Netflix Original Family Fantasy Show Wednesday will be directed by Tim Burton. Netflix was the winner of the global exclusive distribution rights. It beat all other competitors in the bidding battle for the show. Al Gough, Miles Millar and Miles Millar are the creators of this series.
MGM TV has been confirmed as the production studio responsible for Wednesday's development. Burton will be serving as both an executive producer and director. Burton will be accompanied on the Original by Jon Glickman and Andrew Mittman.
The release of Wednesday will mark a special occasion in Tim Burton’s career as the show will be his TV directorial debut.
Netflix revealed the loglines of the series on its website:
Wednesday Addams misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school snuggled in deepest New England.
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 at Nevermore.
An even larger summary of Wednesday's events has been also reported.
After getting kicked out of eight schools in Five years, Willa aka Wednesday Adams is beginning a new chapter of her life at the academy, the two century old boarding school attended by her parents. However, Willa wants nothing to do with their alma mater and she’s already planning her escape. But this academy is like no other school she’s ever attended. It’s a school of outcasts with four main cliques, the Fangs (vampires) the Furs (werewolves), the Scales (sirens) and the Stoners. It is also a piece of the mystery that holds dark secrets about her family’s past.
The Wednesday series will debut on Netflix Fall 2022, as expected. An exact release date has yet to be revealed, however, it’s our expectation that Wednesday will be part of Netflix’s Halloween 2022 line-up.
Wednesday Addams' role has been finally revealed. Jenna Ortega will take on this iconic role, which Netflix subscribers are sure to recognize.
Ortega has appeared in numerous Originals on Netflix. Her most well-known roles include Ellie, in The Babysitter: Killer Queen's second season, and Katie Torres, in Yes Day. In the Jurassic World animated series Camp Cretaceous, she voices Brooklyn.
Outside of Netflix, Ortega has also featured in popular titles such as Disney’s Elena of Avalor, The CW’s Jane the Virgin, and the MCU movie Iron Man 3.
During Netflix’s Geeked Week event we finally received our first look at Jenna Ortega in full as Wednesday Addams! Ortega will be seen in action by Addams Family fans old and new.
Christina Ricci, a former Addams Family actress and Wednesday Addams actress, has been added to the Wednesday cast! It’s currently unknown what role Ricci has been given, however, we can confirm that she will not be playing an older version of Wednesday Addams.
Although it took us a while to get our Morticia Addams and Gomez Addams casting in, we are now ready for Wednesday. Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones will be taking on the iconic role of Morticia Addams, and Luis Guzmán will be playing her on-screen husband Gomez Addams.
In the Wednesday series, all remaining lead and supporting cast members were also cast.
Emma Myers will play Enid Sinclair (Wednesday), a Werewolf who has a bright disposition and is Willa's roommate. A complete opposite to Willa, Enid accessorized the school’s purple uniform with brightly colored accessories.
Hunter Doohan will play Tyler Galpin. He is a sensitive and smart young man, who has a dysfunctional relationship to his father, the sheriff. Tyler, a human being, works part-time in the cafe and hopes to move on from the town after he finishes high school.
Percy Hynes White will play Xavier Thorpe. He is a young man from privilege and wealth who falls in love with Willa.
Joy Sunday plays Bianca Barclay. She is a siren and school princess, with a sassy attitude. Bianca has a difficult relationship with Willa, but underneath her slender exterior lies a woman who's had a hard life.
Gwendoline Christine has been chosen to play Principal Larissa Weems. She is a conflicting character who believes Willa to be nothing but a troublemaker. Although she presents herself warmly and inviting, her real feelings are hidden like a diplomat.
Riki Lindhome will play Dr. Valerie Kinbott. She is an eccentric professional therapist and takes a great interest in Willa. Perceptive and thoughtful, Dr. Kinbott is also a lover of roadkill taxidermy and Diptyque candles.
Jamie McShane will play Sheriff Donavan Galpin who is the father to Tyler. The sheriff has become a frustrated and cynical man over the years, leading him to abuse his son. He becomes obsessed by connecting the grisly murders to the school after a string of crimes occurs near the academy.
Thora Birch will play Ms. Tamara Novak. She is the academy's only human teacher. Tamara is smart, perceptive and quirky. Bio, and feels a special connection to Willa.
Here is Wednesday's complete cast list:
|Wednesday ‘Willa’ Addams||Jenna Ortega|
|Gomez Addams||Luis Guzmán|
|Morticia Addams||Catherine Zeta-Jones|
|Enid Sinclair||Emma Myers|
|Tyler Galpin||Hunter Doohan|
|Xavier Thorpe||Percy Hynes White|
|Bianca Barclay||Joy Sunday|
|Principal Larissa Weems||Gwendoline Christie|
|Dr. Valerie Kinbott||Riki Lindhome|
|Sheriff Donavan Galpin||Jamie McShane|
|Ms. Tamara Novak||Thora Birch|
|Joseph Crackstone||William Houston|
|Mayor Walker||Tommie Earl Jenkins|
|Ajax Petropolus||Georgie Farmer|
|Yoko Tanaka||Naomi j Ogawa|
|Eugene Otinger||Moosa Mostafa|
|Deputy Santiago||Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo|
|Pugsley Addams||Isaac Ordonez|
|Lucas Walker||Iman Marson|
Official Production Status: Post-production. (Last Updated 06/06/2021).
The principal photography of the project began in September 2021 in Romania. The filming was completed in the Winter and Fall, with the final cut on February 10, 2022.
The first episode of Wednesday's season will consist of 8 episodes.
Each episode runs approximately 60 minutes.
Netflix may only get one Wednesday season, it is not clear.
There’s no doubt in our minds that Wednesday is going to be extremely popular with subscribers, and is likely going to be one of the biggest Originals released on Netflix since Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, and The Witcher.
Tim Burton is the showrunner, executive producer, and director of the second season.
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