There’s a new series that’s coming to Netflix, and it’s called Wednesday. This new series is going to be a new take on The Addams Family and it comes from none other than the legend, Tim Burton! There’s a lot of interest in the new Netflix series, and fans are desperate to know when Wednesday’s release date will be, who’ll be in it and what the story will be. So, here is everything that we know about this new Netflix series so far.
We are going to try and answer all of your questions in this article. However, Netflix is keeping its cards very close to its chest on this one. This means that not all of the answers are there at the moment. However, we will do our best to give you all the information that’s currently publically available about this new Wednesday Netflix series.
Charles Addams created the original comic strip on January 12th, 1912. It was then turned into a series and there were also subsequent movies. It was revealed not too long ago that Netflix was going to make a new series which would be focused on the family’s daughter, Wednesday Addams.
Who’s playing Wednesday Addams in this new series?
She was going to be played by Jenna Ortega, which is great casting if you ask me. And interestingly enough, Netflix had managed to secure the services of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton to direct the whole series. This is going to be Burton’s first foray into the world of TV, and that’s really exciting.
Before this news was revealed, I bet many of you would have sworn that Burton had already made an Addams Family movie, but no. It does seem as if the director has been heavily inspired by Charles Addams’ work over the course of his career. You can see elements of The Addams Family in movies such as Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. Maybe even movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
However, let’s start talking about the stuff you’re really here for. So without any further ado, let’s talk about Wednesday on Netflix.
When could Wednesday’s release date on Netflix be?
The strange thing is that given the fact that we know this series will be released in 2022, we still don’t have a fixed release date for it on Netflix. Netflix hinted the series is “coming soon” in a new teaser.
IndieWire reported that this tease from Netflix means that the series should be released sometime in 2022. My guess is that the series will be released around either Halloween or Christmas time. I think that these two holidays would be perfect times for the series to be released.
There’s the spooky vibe of The Addams Family that would be perfect for the Halloween holiday. There’s also something festive about Tim Burton projects, so Christmas might also be a good time to release the series.
They might even split the first season into two parts and then release the first part at Halloween and the second part on Christmas day. That would be an interesting release strategy and we’ve seen with Stranger Things that releasing these shows in two parts can be very beneficial in keeping the buzz alive.
Interestingly enough, Netflix has just released the very first teaser trailer for Wednesday on YouTube, and it revealed that the series would be released this fall. This seems to give credence to our theory that the show will be released around Halloween. We think that it might be released on the Wednesday before Halloween, which would be the 26th of October, which is still in the fall.
Who’s starring in Netflix’s new Wednesday series?
As for who will be starring in the series, we already mentioned that Jenna Ortega would be playing the series’ lead, Wednesday Addams. However, she’ll be joined by a stellar cast.
It was revealed that Catherine Zeta-Jones will appear throughout the series as Morticia, Wednesday’s mother. Victor Dorobantu will play Thing, the severed hand and servant. George Burcea will play Lurch, the family’s manservant. Isaac Ordonez will play Gomez and Morticia’s son, Pugsley.
Then we have Luis Guzmán, who will guest star as Gomez, Wednesday’s father. Other actors that have been cast in as-yet-unannounced roles include Gwendoline Christie, Jamie McShane, Emma Myers, Percy Hynes White, Moosa Mostafa, Thora Birch, Hunter Doohan, Riki Lindhome, Joy Sunday, Georgie Farmer, and Naomi Ogawa.
Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the early ’90s films The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, will also appear in an undisclosed role. That’s exciting!
What could the story be?
So, now it’s time to get onto the show’s story. That’s something that I’ve been very interested in knowing more about! It was revealed not too long ago that we’ll be following Wednesday Addams in this series and she’ll be attending a new school.
Whilst at this school, she’ll be tasked with solving a rather strange series of mysteries that are taking place inside the school. Netflix has referred to this new series as a “sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery”. Consider my interest piqued.
Here’s the show’s official plot synopsis:
Follows Wednesday Addams’ years as a student, when she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart and solve the mystery that embroiled her parents.
What’s Jenna Ortega been saying about the series?
Here’s what Jenna Ortega had to say about her character, Wedneday, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
We’ve never seen her as a teenage girl. You know, it’s funny and sweet and almost charming to hear this eight-year-old’s obsession with murder and blood and guts. As she gets older, that nasty attitude or [those] biting remarks, it’s almost kind of hard to not make it sound like every other teenage girl. So, it’s like, how do we establish this character and give her the same fire without letting her become something that she’s not? Also, it’s eight-hour series so, for an emotionless character, there has to be some sort of an emotional arc.
That’s been really interesting to figure out in terms of, okay, well, she’s got to be able to push the story forward in some way but how do we keep her true to her deadpan self? It’s been a bit of a challenge and I’m curious to see how it plays. I’ve never had the opportunity to play an iconic character before. I know she’s well-loved and well-respected and I just don’t want to mess her up.
Will Tim Burton make more seasons of Wednesday for Netflix?
Interestingly enough, it seems as though this Wednesday series that’s coming to Netflix isn’t so much a reboot of The Addams Family. The series showrunners, revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that it’s more of an “eight-hour Tim Burton movie”. That sounds like my cup of tea!
Showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough said in this interview that it was important that the show “didn’t feel like a remake or a reboot.” They then revealed that their ambition with the show “was to make it an eight-hour Tim Burton movie.”
“It’s something that lives within the Venn diagram of what happened before, but it’s its own thing,” Millar continued during the interview. He added: “It’s not trying to be the movies or the ’60s TV show. That was very important to us and very important to Tim.”
Tim Burton wanted to do the series straight away!
Moreover, the showrunners and co-creators revealed that it did not take Tim Burton long to say yes to the project. They revealed that just three days after he received the first episode’s script, the director had picked up the phone to call the duo.
“He was interested in where it was going, the mystery of the show,” Gough told Vanity Fair. Gough then continued, saying: “He had a lot of questions about the previous television work we’d done, like how we were able to achieve it. He really loved that you had time to be with Wednesday and explore the character and you didn’t have to, you know, wrap things up in an hour and 45 minutes.”
So, as far as future seasons of the show with Tim Burton in the director’s chair are concerned, I have a feeling that he’ll be very interested in returning to this world. It sounds like he had a blast doing the first season and television might really suit the director. Now we just need to know when Wednesday’s release date on Netflix will be!
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