Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’ Series on Netflix: What We Know So Far

Tim Burtons Wednesday Series on Netflix What We Know So Far

In February 2021 we reported that Netflix won the bidding war for the upcoming Tim Burton-directed Addams Family TV show, Wednesday. In the time since the announcement was made, the role of Wednesday Addams has finally been cast and filming is underway! We’re going to be keeping track of everything you need to know about Wednesday, including the plot, casting news, production updates, and the eventual Netflix release date.

Wednesday is an upcoming Netflix Original family fantasy show directed by the legendary Tim Burton. Netflix won the bidding war for the show, beating all of its competitors to earn the exclusive global distribution right. The creators of the series are Al Gough and Miles Millar.

It has already been announced that MGM TV is the production studio behind the development of Wednesday, with Burton on board as an executive producer alongside his duties as a director. Burton is accompanied by Jon Glickman, Andrew Mittman, and Gail Berman as fellow producers on the Original.

The release of Wednesday will mark a special occasion in Tim Burton’s career as the show will be his TV directorial debut.

What is the plot of Wednesday?

The official loglines for the series have been revealed by Netflix:

Wednesday Addams misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school snuggled in deepest New England.

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.


Who are the cast members of Wednesday?

The role of Wednesday Addams has finally been revealed. Taking on the iconic role is Jenna Ortega, who Netflix subscribers should recognize by now.

Tim Burtons Wednesday Series on Netflix What We Know So Far Jenna Ortega

Ortega has starred in multiple Originals for Netflix. She is most recognizable for her role as Ellie in the second season of You, Phoebe in The Babysitter: Killer Queen, and Katie Torres in Yes Day. She is also the voice of Brooklyn in the popular Jurassic World animated series Camp Cretaceous.

Outside of Netflix, Ortega has also featured in popular titles such as Disney’s Elena of Avalor, The CW’s Jane the Virgin, and the MCU movie Iron Man 3.

Who is in the rest of the cast?

It took a little longer than expected, but we finally have our Morticia and Gomez Addams cast in Wednesday! Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones will be taking on the iconic role of Morticia Addams, and Luis Guzmán will be playing her on-screen husband Gomez Addams.

Tim Burtons Wednesday Series on Netflix Zeta Jones Guzman

The remaining leads and supporting cast members have also been cast in the Wednesday series.

wednesday cast members netflix season 1

Top: Emma Myers, Hunter Doohan, Percy Hynes White, Joy Sunday | Bottom: Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Thora Birch

The Students

Emma Myers has been cast as Enid Sinclair, a Werewolf with a sunny disposition, and the roommate of Willa (Wednesday). A complete opposite to Willa, Enid accessorized the school’s purple uniform with brightly colored accessories.

Hunter Doohan has been cast as Tyler Galpin, a smart and sensitive young man who suffers from his dysfunctional relationship with his father, the sheriff of the town. Tyler is human, and works part-time at the local cafe, and aspires to leave the town for good when he graduates high school.

Percy Hynes White has been cast as Xavier Thorpe, a young man that comes from wealth and privilege who becomes fascinated by Willa.

Joy Sunday has been cast as Bianca Barclay, a siren who is seen as school royalty, and her attitude shows it. Bianca is constantly at odds with Willa but beneath her scaled exterior is a woman whose life has been far from easy.

The Adults

Gwendoline Christie has been cast as Principal Larissa Weems, who constantly clashes with Willa as she believes her to be nothing more than a trouble maker. She presents herself as warm and welcoming but hides her true feelings like a skilled diplomat.

Riki Lindhome has been cast as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, an eccentric professional therapist who takes a keen interest in her latest patient Willa. Thoughtful, and perceptive, Dr. Kinbott also has a love for roadkill taxidermy, Diptyque candles, and cashmere ponchos.

Jamie McShane has been cast as Sheriff Donavan Galpin, the single father of teenager Tyler. Time has taken its toll on the sheriff, which has made him a cynical and frustrated man, which has often lead him to be abusive towards his son. When a series of murders happen near the academy, he becomes obsessed with connecting the grizzly killings to the school.

Thora Birch has been cast as Ms. Tamara Novak, the only human teacher of the academy. Smart, quirky, and perceptive, Tamara teaches A.P. Bio and finds herself particularly connected to Willa.

Full Cast List

Below is the full cast list for Wednesday:

Role Cast Member
Wednesday ‘Willa’ Addams Jenna Ortega
Gomez Addams Luis Guzmán
Morticia Addams Catherine Zeta-Jones
Enid Sinclair Emma Myers
Tyler Galpin Hunter Doohan
Xavier Thorpe Percy Hynes White
Bianca Barclay Joy Sunday
Principal Larissa Weems Gwendoline Christie
Dr. Valerie Kinbott Riki Lindhome
Sheriff Donavan Galpin Jamie McShane
Ms. Tamara Novak Thora Birch
Joseph Crackstone William Houston
Mayor Walker Tommie Earl Jenkins
Ajax Petropolus Georgie Farmer
Yoko Tanaka Naomi j Ogawa
Eugene Otinger Moosa Mostafa
Divana Johnna Dias-Watson
Carter Islam Bouakkaz
Deputy Santiago Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo
Lurch George Burcea
Puglsey Addams Isaac Ordonez
Kent Oliver Watson
Lucas Walker Iman Marson
Thing Victor Dorobantu
Rowan Calum Ross

 


When is Wednesday coming to Netflix?

All we can do at this stage is speculate when Wednesday will be coming to Netflix as it is far too early for any official release date to be announced.

At the earliest, we could potentially see Wednesday arrive in the Fall of 2022. A Halloween-themed release would be very apt given the character of Wednesday Addams, but it’s still a stretch. However, it’s more likely we’ll see the series land in late 2022 or early 2023.


What is the production status of Wednesday?

Official Production Status: Filming (Last Updated: 16/09/2021)

Filming is now underway for Wednesday! Principal photography began in early September, but it’s currently unknown when filming is scheduled to finish.


What is the episode count for Wednesday?

It has already been confirmed that the first season of Wednesday will have a total of eight episodes.

The runtime of each episode is approximately 60 minutes.


Is Wednesday a Limited Series?

It still remains unclear if Netflix will only receive one season of Wednesday.

There’s no doubt in our minds that Wednesday is going to be extremely popular with subscribers, and is likely going to be one of the biggest Originals released on Netflix since Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, and The Witcher.

The idea of a second season is likely to rest heavily in the hands of Tim Burton, who has the reigns on the series as showrunner, director, and executive producer.


Are you looking forward to the release of Wednesday on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 and serves as one of the lead writers here on What's on Netflix. Jacob covers all things Netflix movies and TV shows but specializes in covering anime and K-dramas. Resides in the United Kingdom.