Netflix’s new Addams Household sequence, “Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega, is nearly right here. On Sept. 23, the streamer lastly introduced that the sequence is coming in November, simply in time for a Thanksgiving marathon watch. On Oct. 8, Netflix unveiled the official trailer for the present at New York Comedian Con (NYCC), the place POPSUGAR was readily available, and it featured first glimpses at Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester and a much-anticipated first have a look at former Wednesday Addams Christina Ricci in her brand-new, hush-hush function.
In a video Netflix launched on Oct. 19, director Tim Burton opens up about his relationship to the sequence. “The Addams Household could be very symbolic of how I really feel about households,” he says within the video. “I imply, I feel all households are unusual. I significantly love Wednesday as a result of she shares my worldview on issues, and that was enjoyable to discover.”
Ortega additionally displays on Burton within the video, saying she’s a longtime fan. “I used to have constant desires about ‘Beetlejuice’ once I was youthful,” she mentioned, including that Burton was positively good for the job. “Goth involves him very naturally,” she mentioned.
Again on Aug. 24, Ortega mirrored on taking part in the long-lasting character in one other video shared by Netflix. In it, she shares that whereas she thinks she’s already fairly much like Wednesday, she additionally spent two days per week studying to fence and two days per week taking part in cello to arrange for the function. The present’s artistic group additionally replicate on bringing to life an older Wednesday in a coming-of-age story.
The ’90s Wednesday Addams, Ricci, revealed to Selection earlier this 12 months that it has been a pleasure to look at Ortega step into the function on the set of “Wednesday.” “Jenna is unbelievable,” Ricci mentioned. “I noticed among the wardrobe images earlier than I went [to set] so I knew [what she looked like in character] and I used to be like, it is such a terrific trendy tackle Wednesday. It is so true tonally to the guts and soul of [the original], however then it is extremely trendy and it is nice.”
Though she’s now not taking part in Wednesday, Ricci will seem in Netflix’s upcoming sequence, and the star instructed Selection she’s liked stepping again into the gothic world of the Addams Household. “It is tremendous enjoyable,” the “Yellowjackets” star instructed the publication. “I liked working with Tim [Burton]. I labored with [Gwendoline] Christie, it was superb.”
Ortega additionally opened up about engaged on the undertaking and collaborating with Burton in January. She instructed The Hollywood Reporter: “It has been fairly an insane expertise. I have been fortunate sufficient to get the chance to work with an iconic director who simply so occurs to be one of many sweetest administrators I’ve labored with, and in addition probably the most detail-oriented. To step into the sneakers of any individual who’s a bit extra eccentric and scary has been actually thrilling for me, and positively a problem — particularly with such a beloved character, I actually need to deal with her and do her justice.”
Ortega additionally mentioned the strain of taking part in a personality who’s already so beloved. “The factor is, there are a number of completely different paths that anybody might have taken for this character,” she defined. “We have by no means seen Wednesday Addams as a teenage lady, so a few of her harsh mannerisms might come off as hilarious when she’s youthful, however as you become older, how a lot of that may you get away with? Or how do you retain that on the forefront of her character with out folks rising to dislike her or discover her annoying? So simply attempting to stability that . . . I’ve by no means felt a lot strain on a job, and I am attempting to maintain my cool.”
The actor teased how completely different she appears as Wednesday in comparison with her regular self, saying: “I feel it is most likely probably the most bodily transformation I’ve ever performed; I minimize my hair, and it is black, and mannerism-wise, talking cadence-wise, expression-wise, I am attempting to tug from a special toolbox this time round. I feel it is a shock to the viewers, however myself as properly.”
Learn on for all the things we find out about “Wednesday,” together with the forged, trailer, first-look images, and launch date.
— Extra reporting by Sabienna Bowman