Netflix finally revealed the release date of the much-awaited series. The upcoming series, which stars Jenna Ortega as the iconic Addams Family character, will premiere on Wednesday, November 23.
In the eight-episode Netflix drama, Wednesday 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.
For the unversed, The Addams Family first hit the television in 1991. The American supernatural black comedy film is based on the characters from the cartoon. The film focuses on a bizarre, macabre, aristocratic family who reconnects with what they believe to be a long-lost relative, Gomez’s brother Fester Addams, who is actually the adopted son of a loan shark intending to swindle the Addams clan out of its vast wealth and fortune.
As part of Friday’s premiere date announcement, Ortega shared insight into her version of the beloved heroine. “Wednesday is currently a teenager and we’ve never seen her as a teenager before. Her snarky, snide remarks might not necessarily sound as charming when they’re coming from somebody who should probably know better than a 10-year-old girl. That was a balancing act,” the actress said in a statement released through Netflix.
She added, “We didn’t want to make her sound like every other teenage girl, but we also didn’t want to make her too ignorant.” “And we’ve never seen her on screen this much,” Ortega noted. “Any other time you’ve seen Wednesday, she’s been the one-liner, the end of a joke, she always hits it and I think that’s what people really love about her. But in this show, every scene is Wednesday.”
Ortega also shared, “There’s an opportunity to give her a bit more dimension, and she becomes a bit more of a real person, which I don’t think we’ve ever seen before.” Meanwhile, during Netflix’s virtual Tudum presentation, a first-look teaser from Wednesday was unveiled by the streaming giant and offered an intriguing glimpse into the world that awaits.
In the clip, Wednesday (Ortega) speaks to Thing after realizing her parents sent it to her room to “spy” on her. “Just the fact that they thought I wouldn’t find out just proves how much they underestimate me,” she spews, telling Thing that they’re not worried about her well-being, they want to control her from afar.