In December 2020, rumors circulated that Johnny Depp had landed the role of Gomez on Tim Burton’s Addams Family series. Because Burton and Depp had worked together several times in their careers, even major German media picked up the message – although the source was anything but reliable. However, when the cast for “Wednesday” was announced in the summer of 2021, Johnny Depp was not there – and there is no trace of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in the first pictures from the series.
But are on several, at the magazine Vanity Fair first published images but Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams to see.
The focus of “Wednesday” is – as the title already suggests – the daughter of the Addams Family, who is a teenager here and attends a boarding school for outcasts: the Nevermore Academy. The town where the school is located is plagued by a series of murders and since Wednesday has never been particularly squeamish when it comes to death and destruction, she quickly takes up the investigation.
At the same time, she has to find her way around the boarding school on her own and find a way to step out of the shadow of her glamorous mother, Morticia Vanity Fair.
Having a member of the Addams family solve murders is a new approach for the franchise and all emphasize the series creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (“Smallville”) in an interview Vanity Fair also that “Wednesday” shouldn’t feel like a reboot or remake, but like something own. “It’s not meant to be like the movies or the TV series from the ’60s,” says Millar.
And Tim Burton? He is a producer on “Wednesday” and has directed four of the eight episodes. “The goal was to make an eight-hour Tim Burton film”according to Millar.
So fans can look forward to a series in the director’s signature style. And who knows: Maybe Johnny Depp will show up after all. Because what Uncle Fester looks like and who plays the character in “Wednesday” the series makers wanted to keep secret…
“Wednesday” will start on Netflix in 2022. There is no exact date, but the series should appear in the fourth quarter of this year.