Wednesday: When is Tim Burton’s Addams Family TV series released? Who plays Wednesday Addams? Meet the cast of the Netflix series

Tim Burton’s new Addams Family TV series Wednesday is coming to Netflix in 2022. Find out who is in the cast and everything you need to know about the supernatural mystery series.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 10 June 2022 - 4.58pm

Sixty years after she first appeared on black-and-white tellies, original emo child Wednesday Addams is finally getting her live-action, coming-of-age TV series - and it looks unmissable.

The maiden of macabre, previously played on screen by Lisa Loring, Christina Ricci, and Chloë Grace Moretz, is being updated for 2022 with legendary director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Batman) making his TV directorial debut on the spooky series.

Rather than being set within the walls of the Addams Family Mansion, this new series will focus on the unsmiling Wednesday and her time at Nevermore Academy.

Netflix has revealed the following description of the series…

Wednesday is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting 16-year-old Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Season One will follow Wednesday as she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the murder mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.

Who is playing Wednesday Addams?

Jenna Ortega is the latest actress to play the role of Wednesday Addams.

You may have previously seen Ortega in You, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Jennifer Garner’s Yes Day, Jane the Virgin or Scream (2022).

Who is in the Wednesday cast?

Wednesday cartoon artwork for Netflix - Wednesday playing a double bass with a sharp knife

The TV series has an impressive cast of A-list talent and rising stars.

The cast includes:

  • Catherine Zeta Jones – Plays Morticia Addams
  • Luis Guzman – Plays Gomez Addams
  • Cristina Ricci (Casper, Sleepy Hollow)
  • Hunter Doohan (Your Honor)
  • Georgie Farmer (Treadstone)
  • Moosa Mostafa (The Last Bus)
  • Emma Myers (Taste of Christmas)
  • Naomi J. Ogawa (Skylin3s)
  • Joy Sunday (Dear White People)
  • Percy Hynes White (The Gifted)
  • Riki Lindhome (Knives Out)
  • Jamie McShane (Mank)

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Is Cristina Ricci in Wednesday?

Cristina Ricci at a red carpet event in 2022 Getty

Fans of the classic 1991 Addams Family movie will be delighted to hear that Cristina Ricci is appearing in this new series.

She won’t be appearing as a version of Wednesday, the character she is arguably best known for playing, but will play a new character in the series.

Ricci replaced Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus) who pulled out of the project.

The history of The Addams Family in TV and movies

The Addams Family was originally a comic strip, first published The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s.

The comic introduced us to parents Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley and extended family members Uncle Fester, Grandmama, butler Lurch, Cousin Itt and the mysterious disembodied hand, Thing. 

The first screen adaptation was a US TV series in 1964, followed by animated series in 1973 and 1992.

It also got a live-action TV series in 1998, The New Addams Family.

On the big screen, Angelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd and Cristina Ricci had big success with the 1991 and 1993 films The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. There was also a straight-to-video film in 1998 starring Tim Curry and Daryl Hannah in the lead roles.

The Addams Family were rebooted in 2019 with a new animated film voiced by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Snoop Dogg, Allison Janney and Bette Midler. A sequel was released in 2021.

There is also a stage musical of The Addams Family, which pre-empts this new series by focusing on a grown-up Wednesday's divided loyalties when she falls in love with a 'normal' person and introduces him to her family. 

When is Wednesday released?

Wednesday is coming in 2022, exclusively to Netflix.