Gomez and Morticia Addams’s demon spawn—sorry, daughter—is finally getting the spotlight she deserves. Wednesday Addams, the death-obsessed teen whose idea of a lazy summer Friday involves electrocuting her brother, is headed to Netflix later this year, with You actress Jenna Ortega in the lead role. Judging by the new teaser, Netflix is going all-in on the macabre delights of everyone’s favorite goth. That’s no surprise given that Tim Burton is attached to direct; based on his previous work, we have a good idea of the show’s grim-meets-kooky aesthetic.
Wednesday, billed by Netflix as “a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery,” will follow the Addams’s only daughter as she attends the boarding school Nevermore Academy, where she juggles her newfound psychic powers and a supernatural murder mystery connected to her own family. Ahead, everything we know about Wednesday’s solo treatment.
When will the show come out?
Although an official release date has yet to be announced, Netflix revealed the series will arrive in “fall 2022.” Given the theme, we suspect October.
Who’s in the cast?
Apart from Ortega in the lead role, Netflix has announced a number of other exciting cast additions:
- Catherine Zeta-Jones will appear throughout the series as Morticia, the Addams family matriarch and Wednesday’s mother.
- Victor Dorobantu will play Thing, the severed hand and servant seen in the teaser trailer.
- George Burcea will play Lurch, the towering family manservant.
- Isaac Ordonez will play Gomez and Morticia’s son, Pugsley.
- Luis Guzmán will guest star as Gomez, the Addams family patriarch and Wednesday’s father.
- Other actors with 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.
What is Wednesday based on?
Like the films, TV series, and theatrical adaptations before it, Wednesday is based partly on the New Yorker cartoons first introduced by Charles Addams in 1938, further popularized in the 1960s by the sitcom adaptation The Addams Family. Based on the latter’s success, the family’s misadventures quickly became a franchise: A cartoon series arrived in the 1970s, followed by The Addams Family live-action movie in 1991, for which a sequel, Addams Family Values, landed in 1993. Both live-action and animated versions of the family continued the legacy, and then a 2010 Broadway musical, The Addams Family Musical, arrived to lackluster critical reception. Finally, two animated films were released in 2019 and 2021. This large canon serves as the backbone of Wednesday.
Will there be more than one season?
No word yet from Netflix, but given the buzz around Wednesday’s launch, there’s a solid chance it’ll be a hit—and in that case, expect season 2 news forthcoming.
This post will be updated.
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers news and culture.