The new live-action series ‘Wednesday,’ according to actress Christina Ricci, is the best of both worlds since it is an “amazing modern” take on ‘The Addams Family’ with the soul of the original. Jenna Ortega, who has starred in films such as ‘Yes Day’ and ‘You,’ will play the titular character of ‘Wednesday,’ in the series about the iconic figure.Ricci, who broke out as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams from Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 film ‘The Addams Family’ based on the cartoon of the same name, is set to star in the Netflix spin-off from Tim Burton. Her character details are still under wraps.
Ricci said it was “super fun” working on the series, which marks the TV directing debut for Burton, known for films like ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. “I loved working with Tim. I worked with Gwendolyn Christie, it was amazing. And Jenna is incredible. I saw some of the wardrobe photos before I went (to set) so I knew (what she looked like in character) and I was like, it’s such a great modern take on Wednesday. It’s so true tonally to the heart and soul of (the original), but then it’s incredibly modern and it’s great,” the actor told Variety during the ‘Yellowjackets’ FYC Event. ‘Wednesday’ also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Victor Dorobantu as Thing, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems, and George Burcea as Lurch. Luis Guzman guest stars as Gomez Addams.