Netflix Wednesday Reveals First Full Look at Its Addams Family, as Creators Explain How the Tim Burton Series Stands Out

Although The Addams Family has garnered cinematic attention in recent years thanks to two animated films, this fall will bring another live-action adaptation of this creepy, wacky, and utterly goofy clan. In June, we got our first glimpse of Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday Addams on the Netflix show Wednesday, and now the first look at the central character with other members of his family is here. In addition, Wednesday Co-creator Alfred Gough has provided some details on how this Tim Burton-directed streaming series differs from past live-action adaptations of this property.

A year ago, it was announced that Luis Guzmán would play Gomez Addams in Wednesdayand days later, Catherine Zeta-Jones was cast as Morticia Addams. Wednesday will also star Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, and you can see Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday with her brother and parents in the Vanity Fair photo below:

Wednesday marks the first time since the Addams Family has been portrayed in live-action since the 90s, which not only delivered the theatrically released films The Addams Family and Addams Family Valuesbut also the direct-to-video film Addams Family Reunion and the short-lived television series The New Addams Family. The image above definitely gives off the right kind of vibe you’d expect from these characters, though it’s odd to see Uncle Fester, Grandmama, and Lurch absent from the lineup. While it remains to be seen if the first two will appear in WednesdayLurch will be played by George Burcea.

Either way, given the type of gothic content Tim Burton has produced in his career as a filmmaker, it’s about time he was associated with The Addams Family, and as his first TV outing at that! Ironically, Burton was launched first Addams Family movie in the early 90s, but he passed it on. There was also a stop-motion Addams Family film planned in the early 2010s that Burton was to co-write and co-produce, but that was shelved. In any case, among the ways Burton sought to make Wednesday stand out from previous live action Addams Family projects was to return to the original Addams Family cartoons of Charles Addams with the look of Gomez. As Alfred Gough explained:

He wanted the figure to look more like Charles Addams cartoons, which is Gomez shorter than Morticia, compared to the kind of suave version of Raul Julia in the movies.

Along with Raul Julia, Gomez Addams has been played in live-action by John Astin, Tim Curry and Glenn Taranto, while Oscar Isaac voiced him in animated films released in 2019 and 2021. Now it’s the turn of Luis Guzmán to bring the character to life, and co-creator Miles Millar had the following to say about this version of the character, as well as what Tim Burton hoped to accomplish with Wednesday:

It’s also incredibly debonair and romantic, and I think it has all of those classic Gomez ingredients that came before it, but it also brings something very different and new to it. That’s something that was very important to the show – that it didn’t feel like a remake or a reboot. It’s something that lives in the Venn diagram of what’s happened before, but it’s its own thing. It’s not trying to be the movies or the 60s TV show. It was very important to us and very important to Tim.

Make no mistake, don’t get in Wednesday thinking it will be another traditional Addams Family story. The series follows the title protagonist as an older teenager attending Nevermore Academy, a prestigious boarding school for outcasts. Wednesday’s arrival coincides with a series of murders plaguing the city where the institution is located. So while we’ll see a fair amount of Morticia, Gomez, and Pugsly on Wednesday (especially Mortica, as Catherine Zeta-Jones is a series regular), it should be very clear to Netflix subscribers that Wednesday Addams is up front- plan for this adaptation. Alfred Gough also mentioned that Tim Burton was drawn to how he could explore Wednesday’s character without having to “recap things in an hour and 45 minutes”, and Miles Millar added that “the show’s ambition was to make it into an eight-hour Tim Burton film.

While you wait to find out when Wednesday will air on Netflix and other details about the show, read our Netflix 2022 TV Schedule to find out what other shows the platform has on offer for the rest of the year.

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