EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the news Addams Family fans have been hoping for since the new Netflix series Wednesday was first announced – Christina Ricci, the actor most associated with the title character, will be a major part of Tim Burton’s live-action show.
Ricci, who starred as Wednesday Addams in the Barry Sonenfeld-directed 1990s The Addams family feature franchise† is a series regularly in Wednesdaywhich is captained by Jenna Ortega in the title role.
Details about Ricci’s role are being kept secret to protect the surprise for fans, but I can reveal that she’s playing a new character and not an older version of Wednesday. Ricci has been taking it easy Wednesday for months† the shooting of the MGM-produced series is scheduled for the end of the month in Romania.
The coming-of-age comedy, written by smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar and directed by Burton, Ortega stars as Wednesday Addams during her years at Nevermore Academy. It is described as a questing, supernaturally infused mystery.
In addition to Ortega, Ricci stars alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones as matriarch Morticia Addams and Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams.
Ricci’s performance as Wednesday in the Addams Family movies is so loved by fans of the franchise, they launched a petition when the Netflix series was announced, calling for the actress to be cast on the show.
Burton executive produces Wednesday with Gough and Millar, serving as showrunners. Also executive producing are Kayla Alpert, Steve Stark, as well as Andrew Mittman for 1.21, Kevin Miserocchi, Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania and Gail Berman.
Ricci Is Ready To Return For Season 2 Of Showtime’s Breakthrough Hit yellow jacketsin which she shines† Her recent credits also include that of Amazon Z: The beginning of everythingthat produced them, and The Matrix: Resurrections. She is represented by ICM partners and Untitled Entertainment.