Tim Burton's new spin on the Addams Family has landed on Netflix, and captured viewers' attention with its Gen Z take on the legendary clan's teenage daughter.


Titled Wednesday, the series follows Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) as she's tasked with harnessing her emerging psychic abilities, solving a decades-long supernatural mystery, halting a killing spree and stealing the show at her school dance, all whilst making new friends.

While the focus of the series is on Wednesday, the rest of the family do appear, played by a brand new cast, as previously teased in trailers.

Luis Guzmán appears as Gomez Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, Riki Lindhome as Dr Valerie Kinbott, Jamie McShane as Donovan Galpin, Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester and Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems.

The series swiftly proved a huge success, becoming the third most watched English language series on the platform in its first week and leaving many fans hopeful for a second season.

But for now, read on for everything we know about a potential second season of the spooky show.

Wednesday release date

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday, Luis Guzmán as Gomez and Issac Ordonez as Pugsley in Wednesday.
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday, Luis Guzmán as Gomez and Issac Ordonez as Pugsley in Wednesday. Netflix

Wednesday landed on Netflix on Wednesday 23rd November, meaning it's available to watch now!

The kooky and spooky series consists of eight episodes, which are all available to watch in one go.

Who stars in Wednesday on Netflix?

Gwendoline Christie plays Larissa Weem in Wednesday
Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems in Wednesday. Netflix

In May 2021, Netflix announced that Jenna Ortega, who is best known for her role as tech-savvy teen Ellie Alves in the second season of Netflix psychological thriller You, would lead the cast of the series as the title character.

Ortega has also starred in the most recent Scream movie, X, Jane the Virgin, Richie Rich, Stuck in the Middle and The Babysitter: Killer Queen.

Ortega shared a picture of herself posing with the script on Instagram in November 2021, alongside the caption: "New Chapter. I hope I can do Wednesday Addams justice."

Meanwhile, Luis Guzmán (Code Black, Traffic) plays Wednesday's father Gomez Addams, while Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Darling Buds of May) portrays her mother Morticia Addams.

Fred Armisen was also confirmed as Uncle Fester.

Speaking of playing the role to RadioTimes.com, the actor discussed what it was like to embody a character previously played by the likes of Christopher Lloyd and Jackie Coogan and voiced by Nick Kroll.

"It’s kind of like doing someone from a comic strip," Armisen said. "It’s iconic and there are already parameters around it. In a way that made it easier, just because I wanted to carry on with that character – with everything that’s been established and to continue it."

Other cast members include Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones), who will play Larissa Weems, the headteacher at Nevermore Academy, and Isaac Ordonez, who will star as Wednesday’s brother Pugsley Addams.

Victor Dorobantu will portray Thing and George Burcea will play the family’s servant Lurch.

Christina Ricci in Wednesday
Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill in Wednesday. Netflix/YouTube

Thora Birch (The Walking Dead) was playing Tamara Novak but departed from her role at the end of 2021, according to Deadline.

Excitingly, Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the film franchise, has signed up as a series regular. She'll be playing Miss Thornhill, a teacher at Wednesday's new school.

The cast will be rounded out by Moosa Mostafa (Eugene Otinger), Emma Myers (Enid Sinclair), Naomi J Ogawa (Yoko Tanaka), Tommie Earl Jenkins (Mayor Walker), Iman Marson (Lucas Walker), William Houston (Joseph Crackstone), Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (Deputy Santiago), Oliver Watson (Kent), Calum Ross (Rowan) and Johnna Dias Watson (Divina).

Behind the scenes, Wednesday is being directed and executive produced by Burton alongside showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar.

Netflix's Director of Original Series, Teddy Biaselli, previously spoke out about having Burton on board to helm the story.

"We got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series," he said in a statement.

"Tim has had a history of telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deetz and Batman. And now he brings his unique vision to Wednesday and her spooky classmates at Nevermore Academy."

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Showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar have said they weren't even sure the director would take on the project originally. As it turns out, they needn't have worried.

"He was interested in where it was going, and the mystery of the show. He had a lot of questions about the previous television work we’d done, and how we were able to achieve it," Gough told Vanity Fair.

He added: "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. The ambition for the show was to make it an eight-hour Tim Burton movie."

Wednesday trailer

The first full-length trailer landed in August, giving us a glimpse of Tim Burton's take on the Addams Family. Watch below:

Meanwhile, a new clip was released as part of Netflix's global TUDUM event in September 2022, teasing an interaction between Wednesday and Thing. You can check it out below:

Wednesday plot

The show follows the titular character coming to terms with her physic abilities, attempting to thwart a monstrous killing spree that’s terrorised the local school and also solving a supernatural mystery that has been impacting her family for decades in Wednesday.

The official Netflix summary reads: "A sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday’s years as a student at the peculiar Nevermore Academy”.

The show is written by the team behind popular Superman prequel Smallville, Al Gough and Miles Millar, and will depict Wednesday as "the ultimate lone wolf".

Wednesday is out now on Netflix. Sign up for Netflix from £6.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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