When it rains, it pours; case in point to that timeworn bromide comes with the news today from our Charles Addams-lovin’ pals over at the domicile known as The Hollywood Reporter that no less than ten stalwart thespians have been cast in Tim Burton’s upcoming Addams Family series on Netflix.
Before regaling everyone with the names of those lucky adventurers into the parallel worlds of Mr. Burton (who famously toyed with doing a 3D stop-motion animated film on The Addams Family some time back) and Mr. Addams (also known as the creator of the delightful and classic cartoons in The New Yorker that unleashed The Addams Family on an unsuspecting public), let’s quickly chat about what this iteration of Morticia, Gomez and the rest of the Addams clan is about: Entitled Wednesday, this new eight-part Netflix series will focus on Wednesday Addams and her time as a student at Nevermore Academy, with all sorts of magic and creepy crawlies thrown in for good measure. So yeah, kind of like a kookier version of Harry Potter (gone Goth).
So about that cast – Joining the previously announced actors Luis Guzman (as Gomez) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Morticia) in Wednesday will be Thora Birch (American Beauty, Ghost World), Riki Lindhome (Knives Out), Jamie McShane (Mank), Hunter Doohan (Your Honor), Georgie Farmer (Treadstone), Moosa Mostafa (Nativity Rocks!), Emma Myers (Girl in the Basement), Naomi J. Ogawa (Skylin3s), Joy Sunday (Dear White People), and Percy Hynes White (The Gifted).
The one casting bit that really stands out for this fan of movies is that of Thora Birch. This talented actress was everywhere in the mid-to late 1990s and it’s telling that many cinephiles had her pegged early on for major stardom after catching her bravura performance in the cult hit Ghost World. Of course, Fate is nothing if not fickle, and it’s Thora’s costar in that movie – Scarlett Johansson – who went on to bigger and better things almost immediately after the release of that Terry Zwigoff masterpiece. The race is long in Hollywood however, and it’s nice to see such an accomplished talent being awarded some more high-profile roles as of late.
Tim Burton will both direct and Executive Produce the first season of Wednesday from eight smart scripts written by consummate scribes Al Gough and Miles Millar.
Vents congratulates all eight new members of the upcoming Netflix series Wednesday; now get those fingers a-snappin’: We’ve got some fun and dark landscapes to visit with this new take on The Addams Family!