• Adam Williams

Christina Ricci Set to Star in Live Action Wednesday Series

Back in February 2021, it was announced Tim Burton would be bringing Wednesday Addams back to the smaller screen in a live action series for Netflix. Since then news of Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones being cast as Gomez and Morticia Addams has been revealed as well as up and coming Scream Queen Jenna Ortega playing the titular character. But I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say we were all hoping Christina Ricci would be involved with the show in some sort of capacity. And thankfully she will be.

Ricci, who made the role her own in the Barry Sonenfeld-directed 1990s films The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, will be returning to The Addams Family Universe. However, she will not be reprising her role as Wednesday in any sort of capacity. As reported by Deadline, details of Ricci's character are being kept quiet with Deadline only able to reveal her character is referred to as 'Willa'.

Details about Ricci’s role are being kept under wraps to protect the surprise for fans but I can reveal that she plays a new character and not an older version of Wednesday. Ricci was brought following Thora Birch’s exit amid production. Ricci is playing a new character, referred to as Willa, who is similar to the one originally played by Birch, Tamara, and will replace it on the show. Ricci has been quietly working on Wednesday for weeks; filming on the MGM-produced series is slated to wrap in Romania at the end of the month.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are writing and showrunning with Tim Burton directing. The upcoming coming-of-age comedy series is described as "a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy."

The series will follow Wednesday’s 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.