In February 2021 we reported that Netflix won the bidding war for the upcoming Tim Burton-directed Addams Family TV show, Wednesday. Filming came to an end in February 2022 and has since been in post-production. Arriving in Fall 2022, we’re also keeping track of everything else you need to know about Wednesday, including the plot, casting news production updates, and the eventual Netflix release date.
Wednesday is an upcoming Netflix Original family fantasy show directed by the legendary Tim Burton. Netflix won the bidding war for the show, beating all of its competitors to earn the exclusive global distribution right. The creators of the series are Al Gough and Miles Millar.
It has already been announced that MGM TV is the production studio behind the development of Wednesday, with Burton on board as an executive producer alongside his duties as a director. Burton is accompanied by Jon Glickman, Andrew Mittman, and Gail Berman as fellow producers on the Original.
The release of Wednesday will mark a special occasion in Tim Burton’s career as the show will be his TV directorial debut.
What is the plot of Wednesday?
Netflix has revealed the official loglines for the series:
Wednesday Addams misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school snuggled in deepest New England.
Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.
A much larger synopsis for Wednesday has also been reported:
After getting kicked out of eight schools in Five years, Willa aka Wednesday Adams is beginning a new chapter of her life at the academy, the two century old boarding school attended by her parents. However, Willa wants nothing to do with their alma mater and she’s already planning her escape. But this academy is like no other school she’s ever attended. It’s a school of outcasts with four main cliques, the Fangs (vampires) the Furs (werewolves), the Scales (sirens) and the Stoners. It is also a piece of the mystery that holds dark secrets about her family’s past.
When is the Wednesday Netflix release date?
As expected, the Wednesday series will be coming to Netflix in the Fall of 2022. An exact release date has yet to be revealed, however, it’s our expectation that Wednesday will be part of Netflix’s Halloween 2022 line-up.
Who are the cast members of Wednesday?
The role of Wednesday Addams has finally been revealed. Taking on the iconic role is Jenna Ortega, who Netflix subscribers should recognize by now.
Ortega has starred in multiple Originals for Netflix. She is most recognizable for her role as Ellie in the second season of You, Phoebe in The Babysitter: Killer Queen, and Katie Torres in Yes Day. She is also the voice of Brooklyn in the popular Jurassic World animated series Camp Cretaceous.
Outside of Netflix, Ortega has also featured in popular titles such as Disney’s Elena of Avalor, The CW’s Jane the Virgin, and the MCU movie Iron Man 3.
During Netflix’s Geeked Week event we finally received our first look at Jenna Ortega in full as Wednesday Addams! Fans new and old to the Addams Family should be incredibly excited to see Ortega in action.
In an exciting turn of events, former Addams Family, and Wednesday Addams actress Christina Ricci has joined the cast of Wednesday! It’s currently unknown what role Ricci has been given, however, we can confirm that she will not be playing an older version of Wednesday Addams.
Who is in the rest of the cast?
It took a little longer than expected, but we finally have our Morticia and Gomez Addams cast in Wednesday! Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones will be taking on the iconic role of Morticia Addams, and Luis Guzmán will be playing her on-screen husband Gomez Addams.
The remaining leads and supporting cast members have also been cast in the Wednesday series.
Emma Myers has been cast as Enid Sinclair, a Werewolf with a sunny disposition, and the roommate of Willa (Wednesday). A complete opposite to Willa, Enid accessorized the school’s purple uniform with brightly colored accessories.
Hunter Doohan has been cast as Tyler Galpin, a smart and sensitive young man who suffers from his dysfunctional relationship with his father, the sheriff of the town. Tyler is human, and works part-time at the local cafe, and aspires to leave the town for good when he graduates high school.
Percy Hynes White has been cast as Xavier Thorpe, a young man that comes from wealth and privilege who becomes fascinated by Willa.
Joy Sunday has been cast as Bianca Barclay, a siren who is seen as school royalty, and her attitude shows it. Bianca is constantly at odds with Willa but beneath her scaled exterior is a woman whose life has been far from easy.
Gwendoline Christie has been cast as Principal Larissa Weems, who constantly clashes with Willa as she believes her to be nothing more than a trouble maker. She presents herself as warm and welcoming but hides her true feelings like a skilled diplomat.
Riki Lindhome has been cast as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, an eccentric professional therapist who takes a keen interest in her latest patient Willa. Thoughtful, and perceptive, Dr. Kinbott also has a love for roadkill taxidermy, Diptyque candles, and cashmere ponchos.
Jamie McShane has been cast as Sheriff Donavan Galpin, the single father of teenager Tyler. Time has taken its toll on the sheriff, which has made him a cynical and frustrated man, which has often lead him to be abusive towards his son. When a series of murders happen near the academy, he becomes obsessed with connecting the grizzly killings to the school.
Thora Birch has been cast as Ms. Tamara Novak, the only human teacher of the academy. Smart, quirky, and perceptive, Tamara teaches A.P. Bio and finds herself particularly connected to Willa.
Full Cast List
Below is the full cast list for Wednesday:
Wednesday ‘Willa’ Addams
Percy Hynes White
Principal Larissa Weems
Dr. Valerie Kinbott
Sheriff Donavan Galpin
Ms. Tamara Novak
Tommie Earl Jenkins
Naomi j Ogawa
Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo
What is the production status of Wednesday?
Official Production Status: post-production (Last Updated: 06/06/2021)
Principal photography began on the project in September 2021 and took place in Romania. Filming took place throughout the Fall and Winter before finally coming to an end on February 10th, 2022.
What is the episode count for Wednesday?
It has already been confirmed that the first season of Wednesday will have a total of eight episodes.
The runtime of each episode is approximately 60 minutes.
Is Wednesday a Limited Series?
It still remains unclear if Netflix will only receive one season of Wednesday.
There’s no doubt in our minds that Wednesday is going to be extremely popular with subscribers, and is likely going to be one of the biggest Originals released on Netflix since Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, and The Witcher.
The idea of a second season is likely to rest heavily in the hands of Tim Burton, who has the reigns on the series as showrunner, director, and executive producer.
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