Life’s not all lovely thorns and singing vultures, you know.
It looks like Catherine Zeta-Jones, critically acclaimed Welsh actress, will star as Morticia Addams in the upcoming Wednesday Addams series on Netflix. Get out your all black ensembles and cobwebs for this one, because with Morticia, every day is Halloween.
Zeta-Jones, 51, will play the monster-family matriarch as a reoccurring guest role in the series, which we know is titled Wednesday, based on the fan-favorite daughter of the Addams family. Alongside Jenna Ortega, who will play the ever-cynical and angsty Wednesday Addams and Luis Guzmán, who will play Morticia’s pining husband, Gomez Addams, this cast is set to expand upon a classic that we all go back to for a spooky and dysfunctional family.
The show is based around Wednesday Addam’s time as a student at Nevermore Academy. This series was originally ordered to an eight-episode series on Netflix last February and is listed as a “a supernaturally infused mystery.” As Wednesday’s psychic powers come to light, and she works to control them, she also has to contend with a killing spree that has plagued a local town and confront fate with the supernatural mystery that her parent’s experienced 25 years prior to the show, just normal student day-to-day activities.
Our Addams family is expanding!
Catherine Zeta-Jones will step into the iconic silhouette of Morticia Addams while Luis Guzmán will bring to life the debonair Gomez Addams in the upcoming TV series Wednesday, starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams and directed by Tim Burton. pic.twitter.com/MiofyWIbwy
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Zeta-Jones has had a busy career as of late, including starring in FX’s Joan and Bette, which chronicles the feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis while filming the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as well as making an appearance in Fox’s Prodigal Son. Written by the creators of Smallville Al Gough and Miles Millar, Zeta-Jones joins a long legacy of actors who have embodied the goth mom coveted by audiences everywhere, among the likes of Carolyn Jones, Anjelica Huston and Charlize Theron.
But Zeta-Jones isn’t the only big name to be associated with this project, Tim Burton, from which we’ve seen films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, is set to direct and executive produce Wednesday. With Burton being no stranger to the macabre and dark themes, this series is set to fulfill all your ghoulish fantasies, and spark a pang of nostalgia.
No release date for the series is set, but we will be curious going forward as more and more of the cast list is announced.