Prolific actor boards Netflix’s new supernatural coming of age series starring Jenny Ortega as the eponymous daughter in the eccentric, kooky Addams family brood.
The Addams family has gained its patriarch! Earlier this year, Netflix announced Wednesday, a live-action comedy series featuring everyone’s favorite kooky goth brood, directed by none other than the spooky expert himself, Tim Burton. The eponymous daughter of Gomez and Morticia Addams will be played by Jenna Ortega (Scream, The Fallout); now Variety reveals the doting and charismatic Mr. Addams will be played by veteran actor Luis Guzman (Carlito’s Way, Boogie Nights, Shameless). Genius. While many fans have been calling for Burton’s best actor bud Johnny Depp to portray Gomez, it’s a relief to hear the decision stays true Addams’ Latino heritage.
The eight-episode project, based on the iconic The Addams Family daughter, is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. In the series, Wednesday 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.
Burton will executive produce; Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville, Into the Badlands) will showrun as well as executive produce. Andrew Mittman for 1.21 (The Addams Family, Alphas); Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation); Kayla Alpert (Code Black, Up All Night); Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania (RESPECT, Addams Family 2); and Gail Berman (The Addams Family, Alphas) will also serve as executive producers. Wednesday is being produced by MGM/UA Television.
Now the big question: who will play the mistress of the night mama Morticia?