Who stars in Wednesday season 1 on Netflix?

Jenna Ortega leads an all-star cast directed by Tim Burton

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday. (Netflix)

Wednesday, the latest take on The Addams Family directed by Tim Burton, is now streaming on Netflix.

Burton was originally attached to direct 1991's Addams Family adaptation, before deciding to direct Batman Returns.

Over 30 years on Burton has finally worked on a project within the franchise which has undergone several planned iterations over the past decade from a stop-motion animation before ultimately taking shape as a live-action series on Netflix.

This is a fresh take on the beloved franchise, separate from the two live-action films starring Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci and Raul Julia, and also not linked to the more recent pair of animated films.

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The franchise has gone through many iterations over the years from a TV series in the 1960s, the 90s films and a Broadway musical. Here is everything you need to know about the new Netflix series, including its release date, cast and plot.

How can I watch Wednesday?

Moosa Mostafa, Jenna Ortega, Naomi j Ogawa and Joy Sunday in Wednesday
The series is streaming on Netflix now. (Netflix)

Wednesday premiered globally on Netflix on 23 November, 2022.

As the title suggests, the series focuses on Wednesday Addams (played by Christina Ricci in the 90s films) this version sees Scream star Jenna Ortega take on the role. It's billed as a coming-of-age supernatural mystery comedy, centred around Wednesday's formative years at Nevermore Academy.

This version, directed by Gothic maestro Burton, is set to be closer in tone to Charles Addams cartoons which will help it stand apart from previous takes on the characters. The series allows the family and their relationships to be examined from the lens of Wednesday.

Ortega was cast in the lead role in May 2021, followed in August by Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams and Catherine Zeta Jones as Morticia. Filming began in September 2021 in Bucharest, Romania and concluded in March 2022.

Who is in the cast of Wednesday?

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday
Scream star Ortega leads the cast. (Netflix)

As with the films before it Wednesday features an ensemble cast with the latest spin on the gothic family. In the lead is 19-year-old Jenna Ortega, perhaps best known for her role as Tara Carpenter in the most recent film in the Scream franchise.

Talking about her version of Wednesday, Ortega said: "Wednesday is currently a teenager, and we've never seen her as a teenager before.

"Her snarky, snide remarks might not necessarily sound as charming when they're coming from somebody who should probably know better than a 10-year-old girl. That was a balancing act. We didn't want to make her sound like every other teenage girl, but we also didn't want to make her too ignorant. And we've never seen her on screen this much.

"Any other time you've seen Wednesday, she's been the one-liner, the end of a joke, she always hits it, and I think that's what people really love about her. But in this show, every scene is Wednesday. There's an opportunity to give her a bit more dimension, and she becomes a bit more of a real person, which I don't think we've ever seen before."

Joining Ortega as the members of the Addams family are Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams and Catherine Zeta Jones as Morticia. The family is rounded out with newcomer Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams.

Luis Guzman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Issac Ordonez in Wednesday
Luis Guzman and Catherine Zeta-Jones play Gomez and Morticia Addams. (Netflix)

Portlandia star Fred Armisen will play the role of Wednesday's Uncle Fester, previously played in the movies by Christopher Lloyd.

Armisen shaved his head to play the eccentric Addams relative, telling Vanity Fair: “They really did such a great job with the makeup and everything. I had no eyebrows. It was prosthetics over my eyebrows to give me that look. But I think that bald caps don’t look great all the time, so I was hoping to just make it that much more convincing.”

Other principal cast members include Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin and Game of Thrones, Star Wars and The Sandman star Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems the principal of Nevermore Academy, and former classmate of Morticia who it is safe to say is not a fan of the troublesome family.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams and Issac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams in Wednesday
Newcomer Issac Ordonez plays Pugsley Addams. (Netflix)

Thora Birch was originally cast in the series to play Tamara Novak but dropped out of the project due to personal reasons in December 2021.

Christina Ricci who of course played Wednesday so memorably in the film series has been cast to play Miss Thornhill, one of the teachers at Nevermore.

In addition to Burton, episodes of Wednesday have been directed by Gandja Monteiro and James Marshall. The show was created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar who also serve as writers for the series. Burton regular Danny Elfman, who composed the scores for both his Batman films among many others, returns on scoring duties.

What is the plot of Wednesday?

Wednesday sees an older version of the character than those put to screen previously as she navigates her high school years and the nature of her family. Prior to arriving at Nevermore, Wednesday has attended eight schools in five years, invariably being in trouble at each for her dark deeds. The older age of the character will help to differentiate the series from previous iterations of the character.

The series' synopsis reads: "Wednesday Addams misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school snuggled in deepest New England."

Is there a trailer for Wednesday?

Netflix appropriately released the first trailer for the series on Wednesday 17 August. This trailer followed a short teaser released in June to whet fans' appetites.

The full trailer was released at New York Comic Con in October revealing Christina Ricci and Fred Armisen's roles in the show.

Wednesday is now streaming on Netflix.