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Netflix Orders Arnold Schwarzenegger Series, Casts Ortega in Wednesday

Netflix today announced it has picked up an untitled Arnold Schwarzenegger series, a scripted global spy adventure that marks Schwarzenegger’s first television project. The streaming service has also revealed who will play the title character in Wednesday.

The Arnold Schwarzenegger series hails from Skydance Television and Nick Santora. It will star and be executive produced by Schwarzenegger (Terminator franchise) and also stars Monica Barbaro (upcoming Top Gun: Maverick).

Netflix Orders Arnold Schwarzenegger Series, Casts Ortega in Wednesday

In the series, when a father and daughter learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all.

Forced to team up as partners, the series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor. Each of the eight episodes will consist of 60 minutes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Series

Santora (Jack Reacher, The Fugitive series) created and developed the original idea as part of his overall deal with Skydance Television. Also executive producing are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost for Skydance.

Skydance Television has a long-standing relationship with Schwarzenegger through films Terminator Genisys and Terminator: Dark Fate.

“Fans from all over the world have been asking me for a wild ride like this for years, and now they’re finally going to get it because of our great partners at Skydance and Netflix,” said Schwarzenegger.

“I am beyond pumped to start work on the show with Nick and Monica and the whole team.”

In more Netflix news, the streaming service announced that Wednesday, a new live-action, comedic coming-of-age tale, will star Jenna Ortega (Scream, The Fallout) in the role of Wednesday Addams.

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 series 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).

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