Netflix's Wednesday Addams Series Finds Its Gomez
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Luis Guzman joins Addams Family series Wednesday
Luis Guzman joins Addams Family series Wednesday
Netflix's Addams Family series Wednesday has found its Gomez Addams.
Luis Guzmán is appearing in a guest starring role as Gomez opposite You and Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous alum Jenna Ortega as Gomez and Morticia Addams' daughter Wednesday, Variety reported. Guzmán is a seasoned character actor whose many credits include the films Boogie Nights (1997) and Traffic (2000), as well as HBO's Oz, Netflix's Narcos and Epix's Godfather of Harlem series.
Created by Charles Addams for The New Yorker in the 1930s, The Addams Family began as a series of one-panel comics satirizing the ideal American family unit through the antics of the Addams clan, an odd group of aristocrats who delight in all things creepy and ghoulish. It has since given rise to adaptations on the big and small screens, as well as both live-action and animation. Among the actors cast as Gomez in earlier adaptations are John Astin from the 1960s live-action TV series and Raul Julia in 1991's The Addams Family movie and its sequel, 1993's Addams Family Values. Oscar Isaac also voices Gomez in the ongoing Addams Family animated films.
Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar developed Wednesday and are serving as its showrunners, with Tim Burton also executive producing and directing most or possibly all of the first season's eight episodes. The show's synopsis describes it as a story that centers on Wednesday's time as a student at Nevermore Academy, a peculiar school where she strives 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."
"When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar's pitch for Wednesday we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts. They nailed the tone, the spirit and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story," Teddy Biaselli, Director of Original Series at Netflix, said when the streamer ordered the series earlier this year. He also praised Burton for his vision and history as a director who specializes in "telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deitz, and Batman."
Netflix has yet to announce a release date for Wednesday. In the meantime, the animated Addams Family 2 opens in theaters on Oct. 1.
Source: Variety