‘Addams Family’ then and now: A look back at the ’90s stars as ‘Wednesday’ TV series images are released

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Angelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman famously portrayed The Addams Family, the macabre clan created by cartoonist Charles Addams in his 1960s comics, which over the years inspired reruns in movies, TV series, video games and a musical.

Huston, Julia, Ricci and Workman starred as the main members of the eccentric brood in Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 film “The Addams Family” and its 1993 sequel “Addams Family Values”.

On Tuesday, Netflix released first images of the new Addams Family in Tim Burton’s upcoming television series “Wednesday,” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Jenna Ortega and Isaac Ordonez.

Zeta-Jones and Guzmán will take on the roles of Huston and Julia as the matriarch and patriarch of Addams Family. Ortega will play daughter on Wednesday and Ordonez will play son Pugsley.

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Ortega’s titular character will take center stage in the show, which follows the morbid teen as she navigates life at an outcast boarding school, the Nevermore Academy.

Burton will make his television directorial debut with the eight-part horror comedy series, which will premiere on Netflix in late 2022.

“Wednesday” was created by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (Smallville), with Burton as executive producer and director of four episodes.

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Millar explained that he and Gough wanted to make sure the show “didn’t feel like a remake or a reboot.” He told the outlet that they envisioned the series as “an eight-hour Tim Burton movie”.

“It’s something that lives within the Venn diagram of what’s happened before, but it’s its own thing,” Millar told the outlet. “It’s not trying to be the movie or the TV show from the 60s. That was very important to us and very important to Tim.”

Other “Wednesday” cast members include Gwendoline Christie, Hunter Doohan, Joy Sunday, Emma Myers, Percy Hynes White, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer and Naomi Ogawa.

Ricci will also appear in the series, although the details of her role have not been revealed.

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Christina Ricci dangles meat in a scene from the 1993 movie “Addams Family Values.”
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At age 11, Ricci broke through her career with her memorable turn as Wednesday.

Ortega, who first rose to fame as a child star in “Jane the Virgin” and “Stuck in the Middle,” will play the deadpan daughter of the family in the reimagined series.

Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams.

Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams.
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Huston and Julia played the creepy, passionate couple Morticia and Gomez in the Sonnenfeld film series.

Veteran actors Zeta-Jones and Guzmán will take on their roles in “Wednesday”.

Anjelica Huston is kissed by Raul Julia in a scene from the 1991 movie 'The Addams Family'.

Anjelica Huston is kissed by Raul Julia in a scene from the 1991 movie ‘The Addams Family’.
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Retired child actor Workman made his acting debut as Morticia and Gomez’s son and Wednesday’s younger brother, Pugsley, in “The Addams Family.”

In the series, Ordonez – from “A Wrinkle In Time” – plays Pugsley in a recurring role.

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The thing that creeps on Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken in a scene from the 1991 movie 'The Addams Family'.

The thing that creeps on Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken in a scene from the 1991 movie ‘The Addams Family’.
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Netflix also debuted the official teaser for the new series. In the two-minute clip, Wednesday is expelled from her high school after taking violent revenge on a group of jocks who bullied Pugsley.

She is then escorted by her parents to their alma mater, the Nevermore Academy, which Gomez assures her is a “magic place”.

“Finally you’ll be around peers who understand you,” Morticia added in the trailer released Wednesday. “You might even make friends.”

Commenting on a montage of eerie scenes from the show, Wednesday says: “I didn’t know I was going to end up in a nightmare – full of mystery, chaos and murder.”

“I think I’m going to love it here.”

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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