When it comes to iconic teenage characters, Wednesday Addams falls somewhere between Daria Morgendorffer and Tina Belcher.
She is sardonic, smart, and deeply loyal to her misfit family. Her braided pigtails are unmatched. She is the lazy girl Halloween costume, and she’d probably be proud to wear that title, honestly.
Now, with help from Tim Burton and Netflix, Wednesday Addams is coming to the small screen later this year.
Here’s everything we know about Wednesday.
The eight-episode series is a coming-of-age story, according to Netflix.
“The series is a detective mystery, steeped in the supernatural, retracing Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy,” Netflix said in a statement.
We’ll see “Wednesday’s attempts to harness his emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled his parents 25 years ago, all while navigating his highly tangled new relationships at Nevermore.”
Tim Burton will direct.
Can you think of a better candidate for a director? Because I can not. The series is Burton’s first live-action show, as well as his television directorial debut, per Deadline.
If there’s anyone to replace Christina Ricci, who Wednesday played Addams to perfection in the 1991 comic book film adaptation, it’s Jenna Ortega.
The 19-year-old has had a string of star roles over the past few years: she appeared in the critically acclaimed film The consequences and the horror movie A24 x, as well as more mainstream titles, including those from 2022 Scream and those of Netflix You. With WednesdayOrtega is sure to become a household name.
Christina Ricci will also return.
The OG Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci, will return to familiar territory, but not as an old version of Wednesday, reports Deadline. She will appear in all eight episodes as an as-yet-unknown character.
The supporting cast is star-studded.
Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Wednesday’s idiosyncratic parents, Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively. Gwendoline Christie is also set to make an appearance as Larissa Weems.
The first preview is here.
On Monday, June 6, Netflix “woefully” premiered the first look at Ortega as Wednesday, and I’m already getting chills.