Last week, streaming service Netflix let the world know it would be giving us a first look at its Addams Family series Wednesday today – and they kept their word! In the embed above you can see a short trailer for Wednesday which features Jenna Ortega as the main character.
Directed by Tim Burton and created by showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, Wednesday is described as
a comedic and supernatural coming-of-age series that follows the teenager’s years as a student at Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, to thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the city and solve a mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – while navigating her new relationships in Nevermore.
Ortega is joined in the cast by Luis Guzman and Catherine Zeta-Jones as his parents, Gomez and Morticia. Also in the cast are Riki Lindhome as Wednesday’s therapist, Dr. Valerine Kinbot; Joy Sunday as Siren Nevermore student Bianca Barclay; Emma Myers as Wednesday’s sunny roommate Enid Sinclair; Hunter Doohan as townsman Tyler Galpin; Moosa Mostafa as eccentric Nevermore student Eugene Otinger; Georgie Farmer as Ajax Petropolus, a clumsy and shy student from Nevermore; Naomi J. Ogawa as Nevermore vampire student Yoko Tanaka; Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe, supernatural and artistic student of Nevermore; Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin, Tyler’s father, who has a vendetta against Gomez; Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems, “the principal of Nevermore Academy who still has a hard time with her former classmate Morticia Addams”; Victor Dorobantu as Thing, the nonverbal disembodied hand; Issac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams; George Burcea as Lurch; Tommie Earl Jenkins as Mayor Walker; Iman Marson as Lucas Walker; William Houston as Joseph Crackstone; Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo as Deputy Santiago; Oliver Watson as Kent; Calum Ross as Rowan; and Johnna Dias Watson as Divina.
Thora Birch had signed on to play a character named Tamara Novak, “Wednesday’s dorm mom and the only ‘normie’ on the Nevermore Academy staff, with a focus on all things botanical. Unfortunately, due to a family illness, Birch had to leave production in Romania and return to the United States before filming was completed. It was said that her role would not be recast, with a new character added to the story instead. This could be the ‘exciting new character’ played by Christina Ricci, who was herself in live-action features on Wednesday The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.
Episode 8 Wednesday marks Burton’s debut as a television director. Burton is also an executive producer of the show alongside Gough, Millar, Jonathan Glickman of Glickmania, Andrew Mittman of 1.21, Kayla Alpert, Gail Berman, Steve Stark and Kevin Miserocchi of the Tee Foundation and Charles Addams.
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