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Wednesday Addams is back, and she’s as freaky fresh as ever with her trademark braids.
In their upcoming Addams Family series, Netflix has revealed a sneak peek at Jenna Ortega as Wednesday.
As per a statement from co-creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, Wednesday seeks to tell an unexplored part of the Addams Family tale, leaping to Wednesday’s teenage years.
“In every previous iteration, Wednesday has been younger,” stated Al Gough in an interview with EW. “We loved the idea of aging her up to 15.”
The show, with Tim Burton as director and executive producer, is hailed as a “sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery,” with Wednesday exploring life at Nevermore Academy.
According to the series description, “Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”
“We’ve never seen her as a teenage girl,” said Ortega in an interview with EW.
“You know, it’s funny and sweet and almost charming to hear this eight-year-old’s obsession with murder and blood and guts. As she gets older, that nasty attitude or [those] biting remarks, it’s almost kind of hard to not make it sound like every other teenage girl. So, it’s like, how do we establish this character and give her the same fire without letting her become something that she’s not?”
The show features an array of well-known actors such as Luis Guzmán (Gomez Addams) and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role of Morticia Addams, and Christina Ricci as a mysterious new character.
Ricci is famous for portraying Wednesday in the movie The Addams Family in 1991 and Addams Family Values in 1993.
As Ortega strides onto the stage, she knows she has a huge role to portray.
“I’ve never had the opportunity to play an iconic character before,” said Ortega. “I know she’s well-loved and well-respected, and I just don’t want to mess her up.” Wednesday is expected to be released on Netflix this year.