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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 have had iterations in films, TV series, video games and a musical over the years have inspired.
Huston, Julia, Ricci and Workman played the leads of the eccentric brood in Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 film The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values.
On Tuesday, Netflix released the 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 the Addams Family. Ortega will play daughter Wednesday and Ordonez will play son Pugsley.
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Ortega’s title character will take center stage in the show, which follows the morbid teenager as she navigates a boarding school for outcasts, Nevermore Academy.
Burton will make his debut as a television director with the eight-episode horror comedy series, which is set to premiere on Netflix in late 2022.
“Wednesday” was created by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (Smallville), with Burton executive producing and directing 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 reboot.” He told the outlet they envision the series as “an eight-hour Tim Burton movie.”
“It’s something that lives in the Venn diagram of what happened before, but it’s its own thing,” Millar told the outlet. “It’s not trying to be the movies or the TV show of 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 yet been announced.
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Christina Ricci dangles flesh in a scene from the film Addams Family Values, 1993. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
At the age of 11, Ricci made her career breakthrough 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. (Courtesy Netflix © 2022)
Huston and Julia portrayed the sinister, passionate couple Morticia and Gomez in Sonnenfeld’s 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 Addams Family, 1991. (Photo by Orion/Getty Images)
Retired child actor Workman made his acting debut as the son of Morticia and Gomez and Wednesday’s younger brother Pugsley in The Addams Family.
On the series, Ordonez – from “A Wrinkle In Time” – will play Pugsley in a recurring role.
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The thing crawls on top of Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken in a scene from the movie The Addams Family, 1991. (Orion/Getty Images)
Netflix has also released the official teaser for the new series. In the two-minute clip, Wednesday is expelled from her high school after getting revenge on a group of jocks who bullied Pugsley.
She is then escorted by her parents to her alma mater, Nevermore Academy, which Gomez assures her is a “magical place.”
“Finally you will be with your peers who understand you,” adds Morticia in the trailer released on Wednesday. “You might even make some friends.”
Over a montage of spooky scenes from the show, Wednesday says, “I didn’t know I was about to step into a nightmare – full of mystery, chaos and murder.”
“I think I’ll love it here.”
Ashley Hume is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital.