When it comes to beloved weird kids in media, Wednesday Addams has always been an audience favorite. From her iconic look to her bizarre but funny lines and doom and gloom attitude, everything about her just captivates viewers of any Addams Family show or movie. So, the character definitely comes with big shoes to fill and Netflix just found the actress to do so: Jenna Ortega.
Ortega recently landed the role of Wednesday Addams in Wednesday, Netflix’s upcoming series about the Addams daughter. There have been many renditions of this iconic role, but a live-action Wednesday Addams in her teen years directed by Tim Burton is definitely one we can’t wait to see.
Netflix posted the announcement on the streaming platform’s official Twitter account along with a picture of Ortega holding up the script for the show, and people are already excited to see how she brings the character to life.
The Latin-American actress may be young, but she isn’t new to the game. She’s been in dozens of other works, from supporting to leading parts, since she was a young child. Audiences may be most familiar with her as Ellie in the second season of Netflix’s hit series You and as Phoebe in The Babysitter: Killer Queen. She also had a recurring role as younger Jane in the critically acclaimed series, Jane the Virgin.
Burton’s involvement in the series as a director is also one that makes this show one to look out for. Known for his knack for gothic horror and darker fantastical elements, he is definitely someone fit to direct a series like Wednesday.
According to Variety, the show will reportedly focus on Wednesday’s life as a Nevermore High student. In the series, we’ll see her trying to master her growing psychic powers, solve a mystery her parents were involved in years ago, and defeat an emerging evil plaguing the local town. And, of course, the show will explore her new and complicated relationships as a teenager in high school as well.