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Tim Burton's Addams Family Netflix Show Nailed Its Casting For Morticia

The Addams Family is returning to television in a brand new way, as Netflix has announced another take on the family for its upcoming live-action Wednesday series from Tim Burton. Academy Award- and Tony Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will be joining previously announced cast members, lead Jenna Ortega and guest star Luis Guzmán.

Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to guest star as none other than Morticia Addams in Wednesday. The sleuthing and supernaturally-infused mystery series follows Jenna Ortega from YOU and Stuck In the Middle as Wednesday Addams, who is now a student at Nevermore Academy. The series will follow Wednesday as she faces a killing spree of the monstrous variety terrorizing a local town, all while attempting to master her psychic abilities and delving into a mystery surrounding her parents from a quarter of a century ago, which of course involves some supernatural elements. Plus, she has some relationship drama on the way!

Wednesday is set to have a total of eight episodes, with legendary director Tim Burton serving as a director and executive producer. The project marks Burton’s directorial TV debut. Meanwhile, the new Netflix series will mark Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Prodigal Son follow-up. The actress joined the Fox series in the back half of the second season, opposite Michael Sheen. While her character had an interesting twist that revealed a more manipulative side to Dr. Vivian Capshaw, the series was ultimately cancelled after two seasons. Thanks to Wednesday, Zeta-Jones won't be absent from TV for long.

It was first announced in October 2020 that Tim Burton would be heading to TV for an Addams Family series. The plotline is certainly intriguing, with the series focusing on Wednesday Addams rather than more of an ensemble project. And with rising star Jenna Ortega starring as the titular Addams character, she could be the perfect fit. Luis Guzmán was just recently announced to be playing Gomez Addams. His take on the iconic character will most likely be different from previous portrayals, which is why the casting is so perfect.

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Dr. Vivian Capshaw in Prodigal Son.

There is no telling just who will be cast next in Wednesday, and whether or not they’ll be bringing in the rest of the Addams Family clan. There have been many different versions of the fictional household throughout the years so it will be interesting to see how the Netflix version will hold up. This will be Tim Burton’s first Addams Family project but it is right up his alley. With him at the helm, it is going to be one to watch. Maybe this will be the start of his TV ventures and he’ll add more series to his filmography.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any more updates on the Wednesday series coming to Netflix, including any more casting reveals, and check out our fall 2021 TV schedule to see what shows to look forward to for the rest of the year!

Megan Behnke

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