Christina Ricci, the actress who played Wednesday in the iconic 90s franchise ‘The Addams Family’, returns to the universe by joining the Netflix series ‘Wednesday’ in a mysterious role, Variety has learned.
Tim Burton’s live-action series stars “You” and “Jane the Virgin” alum Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams. “Yellowjackets” star Ricci will not be playing an older version of the character for “Wednesday,” but further details about her character are being kept a secret.
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The eight-episode series is described as a questing, supernatural-infused mystery that charts Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s efforts to master her emerging psychic abilities, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery her parents were embroiled in 25 years ago—all while shedding her new and very tangled relationships in Nevermore navigated.
Ortega leads the series, which stars Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Wednesday’s mother, and Luis Guzmán as her father, Gomez Addams. Thora Birch also appears on the show, but had to leave before filming was completed due to personal reasons.
“Wednesday” was created by Al Gough and Miles Millar under the direction of Burton. Gough, Millar and Burton co-produce with Andrew Mittman for 1.21 (“The Addams Family”, “Alphas”), Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation), Kayla Alpert (“Code Black”, “Up All Night”), Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania (“RESPECT”, “Addams Family 2”) and Gail Berman (“The Addams Family”, “Alphas”).
The series comes from Netflix and MGM/UA.
First created by cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, “The Addams Family” has had numerous on-screen iterations. The most notable release came in the 1990s with a couple of live-action movies, “The Addams Family” and “Addams Family Values,” starring Ricci, Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, and Christopher Lloyd.
Deadline first reported the news that Ricci had joined the show.
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