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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán Join Wednesday Series

Netflix announced today that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán have joined Jenna Ortega in the cast of the upcoming Tim Burton-directed Wednesday series.

Zeta-Jones will step into the iconic silhouette of Morticia Addams, while Luis Guzmán will bring to life the denonair Gomez Addams in the series centered on Wednesday Addams.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán Join Wednesday Series

The character has been portrayed in television, film, video games and even musicals, but Wednesday has always been part of The Addams Family ensemble until now — in her first young adult television series.

The live-action, comedic coming-of-age tale is a sleuthing, supernaturally-infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy.

Wednesday’s 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.

The eight-episode MGM Television series will be directed and executive produced by Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands).

The showrunners and executive producers are Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville, Into the Badlands).

Also executive producing are Steve Stark (Medium, The Event), Andrew Mittman for 1.21 (The Addams Family, Alphas), Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation), Kayla Alpert (Code Black, Up All Night), Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania (Respect, Addams Family 2), and Gail Berman (The Addams Family, Alphas).

“When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch for Wednesday we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts,” said Teddy Biaselli, Director of Original Series at Netflix, previously.

“They nailed the tone, the spirit and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story.”

Biaselli added: “We then got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series. Tim has had a history of telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deitz, and Batman.

“And now he brings his unique vision to Wednesday and her spooky classmates at Nevermore Academy.”

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