When it was announced that Tim Burton was developing a new series based on the Addams Family character Wednesday Addams for Netflix, fans immediately petitioned for Christina Ricci to have a part in the series. As one of the actress’ earliest roles, Ricci appeared as the dour daughter of Gomez and Morticia in the 1990 movie The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values. However, this time around, the series, which is simply titled Wednesday, will feature Scream star Jenna Ortega in the titular role as a teenage Wednesday Addams, but Ricci will be appearing in an undisclosed role.
Of course, Ricci’s deadpan delivery as Wednesday over 30 years ago was one of those performances that capture an audience’s imagination immediately. For that reason, some will need a little convincing as to whether Ortega can bring something to the role that will make her the Wednesday Addams of her generation and help her win over older fans. For Ricci’s part, she is more than happy to see someone else taking on the role and is just happy to be a part of the new iteration in a small way. She told Variety:
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“I was really flattered to be asked and to be asked by Tim. It’s nice to be a part of this next iteration of that character. It’s fun to watch and it’s fun to see other people’s takes on things and what they put of themselves into something like that.”
So far, there have been no details on the new character Ricci will be playing in the series, but despite calls from fans for her to progress to playing Wednesday’s alluring mother Morticia, that role went to Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Jenna Ortega Will Bring a Different Iteration of Wednesday to Netflix
While Wednesday was not the main focus of any of the Addams Family movies, in the new series, she will take center stage as the show focuses on her time as a student at Nevermore Academy. The synopsis reveals that “she has to navigate new, and very tangled, relationships, master her emerging psychic ability and thwart a monstrous killing spree that’s terrorized the local school. And if that weren’t enough to contend with, Wednesday must also solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago.”
The series’ executive producer Gail Berman previously spoke about the new modern take on the character, calling it a “clever” adaptation that she loved being a part of a long-term fan of the franchise. She said:
“All the props go to [creators] Al Gough and Miles Millar. It’s their baby with Tim Burton. It’s a modern telling of the story, it’s a clever new interpretation. You haven’t seen this before. I love The Addams Family, I always thought it was an amazing, underutilized brand. I met with Kevin Mizracki a long, long time ago. The rights had become available and we took a leap. I had a deal at the time with MGM for television, and they got on board right away for an animated feature. It’s been a wonderful partnership, and Wednesday was an outgrow from that.”
Wednesday will debut on Netflix just in time for Halloween.