The cast of Netflix’s live action Addams Family reboot is getting bigger, with an Oscar winning A-lister stepping into the shoes of Morticia Addams.
Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) has been cast in the iconic role, previously played by Anjelica Huston in 1991’s The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values.
She joins Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights, Narcos), who was announced as the new Gomez Addams last week. Guzmán and Zeta-Jones previously starred together in 2000’s Traffic.
The pair will star in the highly anticipated new Netflix series Wednesday, which will be directed by legendary filmmaker Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands), and written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar.
The eight-part series will focus on the Addams’ daughter, played by Jenna Ortega (Jane The Virgin, The Babysitter: Killer Queen), during her years as a student at Nevermore Academy, “where she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorised the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships”, according to the synopsis offered by Netflix.
This new series is unrelated to the 2019 animated reboot and its upcoming sequel, which featured voice performances from Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron in the lead roles.
However, three of the producers from that franchise (Gail Berman, and executive producers Andrew Mittman and Jonathan Glickman) will all be involved as exec producers.
Teddy Biaselli, Netflix’s director of young adult and family series, said in a statement: “As Wednesday stans, my team and I feel an inherent responsibility to get this truly one-of-a-kind character right for both old fans and new. We’re confident this talented group will do her justice as she prepares for the dreaded underworld known as adulthood.”
There is currently no release for Wednesday but is expected to air in 2022.