Wednesday Release Date, Trailers, Cast, Plot and More Details

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They’re creepy, and they’re kooky… The Addams Family is back in a brand-new television series! Wednesday will tell the story of none other than a teenage Willa “Wednesday” Addams. Although we’ve known the fictional household for almost 90 years, this marks the first occasion where Wednesday is the main character. Directed and produced by Tim Burton, we can be sure the show will be substantially creepy, dark, and twisted. Shockingly, this also marks Burton’s TV directorial debut.

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There are going to be a lot of new surprises as learn more about Wednesday Addams and watch her navigate through life as a student. The series has an incredible cast with some very talented actors and actresses who will give life to this show, along with Burton’s direction and vision. Gandja Monteiro and James Marshall will also be directing two episodes each! We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about Wednesday, ahead of its release:

What is the Plot of Wednesday?

Since the series is a spin-off of a number of Addams Family productions, we do not know a whole lot about the plot just yet. Netflix’s official loglines for the series say, “Wednesday Addams misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school snuggled in deepest New England.” Nevermore Academy is reported to be a school of outcasts, including the likes of sirens, werewolves, and vampires, known as Scales, Furs, and Fangs, respectively.

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The Plot of Wednesday TV Show

In this unique take on the life of the only daughter of Morticia and Gomez, Wednesday has psychic powers and she will learn to harness them during her time at Nevermore Academy, the same school her parents attended. Somehow, Wednesday is also tasked with stopping a killing spree in town, as well as solving a supernatural mystery that affected her parents 25 years ago.

The Cast of Wednesday

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20-year-old actress Jenna Ortega stars as the title character. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ortega said, “I think it’s probably the most physical transformation I’ve ever done; I cut my hair, and it’s black, and mannerism-wise, speaking cadence-wise, expression-wise, I’m trying to pull from a different toolbox this time around. I think this is a surprise to the audience, but myself, as well.” If Jenna looks familiar, that’s because her star is on the rise. She recently starred in Scream (2022) and played a supporting role in the second season of Netflix’s You.

The Cast of Wednesday TV Show

Luis Guzmán portrays Wednesday’s father, Gomez Addams, and her mother, the iconic Morticia Addams, is played by Academy-Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones. Fred Armisen, best known for his time on Saturday Night Live, is Wednesday’s bizarre yet gentle electricity-generating Uncle Fester. Audiences may recognize quite a few faces, including Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the 90s Addams Family films, as Marilyn Thornhill, but we are unsure what part she plays in this story. Additionally, Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame is Principal Larissa Weems, who we know does not see eye to eye with Wednesday. Supposedly, Principal Weems has it out for Wednesday anyway because she still has a bone to pick with her former classmate, Wednesday’s mother Morticia.

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When and Where Can You Watch Wednesday?

If we want to speak technically, this project has been in the works for over 30 years! Tim Burton originally was assigned to direct the 1991 film, but because of scheduling conflicts, he decided to pass on it. Burton was involved in another Addams Family animated film, but in 2013, the film was canceled. After decades of waiting, Burton finally has succeeded in completing this long-awaited retelling. This first season of the series is comprised of eight episodes and will be available to stream on Netflix beginning Wednesday, November 22. At this time, it is unknown whether Wednesday will continue for additional seasons.

Is There a Trailer for Wednesday?

Tim Burton’s mind truly is an enigma and the official trailer for Wednesday is proof of that. The trailer gives us a glimpse of Wednesday at school, and it is truly an interesting and almost funny experience as we see her around kids who are very different from her. Even though the show focuses on Wednesday, it is good to see the other characters play a role in this series as well. Netflix also released a video titled “Inside the Character” which follows Jenna Ortega as she talks about her character, Wednesday.

Conclusion

This supernatural take on such a well-known cartoon is sure to be an instant hit. Premiering just before the winter holidays, it seems like the perfect way to extend the spooky season for a little while longer. Featuring an original theme song and score by Burton’s longtime collaborator Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands), Wednesday is bound to give us all of the chills and thrills we love so much.

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