Although many folks are familiar with The Addams Family as a live action property thanks to the two TV series, the three movies and the Broadway show, the creepy and kooky clan got their start as a series of one-panel cartoons in The New Yorker. Now the macabre household is returning to its illustrated roots with the upcoming animated Addams Family movie. After years of development, this project is finally moving forward, and there's word that Oscar Isaac is being looked at to voice Gomez Addams.
While no deal is set in place yet, Oscar Isaac, who can currently be seen reprising Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is in talks to portray Gomez Addams, the Addams Family patriarch. If a deal is set in place, Isaac would follow in the footsteps of John Astin, Raul Julia and Tim Curry, the most notable actors to bring Gomez to life. The Tracking Board also reports that there's no word yet on casting for the other members of the Addams Family, i.e. Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Puglsey, Lurch and Grandmama. Supposedly the studio is waiting until it can secure Isaac before looking for other actors to fill out the main lineup.
Along with his role in the new Star Wars movies, Oscar Isaac's other prominent credits include Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, Ex-Machina, X-Men: Apocalypse and the HBO series Show Me a Hero. The Addams Family would be his first animated movie, allowing him to reach a younger demographic. More importantly, Isaac has been a popular fan pick for Gomez Addams in recent years. All he needs to do is grow out a mustache again and put on a fine suit, and we could easily imagine him professing his love to Morticia, or as he calls her, Cara Mia. Assuming all goes well in the negotiation process, this will finally become a reality, though it's a shame we'd only hear Isaac lend his vocal talents rather than see him fully act out Gomez in live action.
Back at the beginning of the decade, The Addams Family was going to be a stop-motion picture directed by Tim Burton for Illumination Entertainment, but by 2013, it was cancelled. Now under Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's banner, the current Addams Family animated movie will be directed by Sausage Party's Conrad Vernon, with Matt Lieberman making revisions to a screenplay written by Pamela Pettler. This movie won't be the first time that The Addams Family has been depicted in animation, as these characters led two animated series from 1973-1975 and 1991-1992, respectively.