Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the '90s Addams Family movie and its sequel Addams Family Values, has joined the cast of Tim Burton's live-action Netflix series, Wednesday.
Fans had been hoping to see Ricci board the show as an older version of Wednesday ever since the project was first announced, but she will actually be playing an entirely different character. Details on her role are still under wraps, but Deadline believes it's the same part Thora Birch was cast in before parting ways with the show earlier this year.
Ricci joins Game of Thrones alum Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems, the principal of Wednesday's school, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Luis Guzmán as Gomez, and Scream star Jenna Ortega in the title role of Wednesday.
The coming-of-age comedy series, which has Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville, Into the Badlands) on board as showrunners, is said to be "a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. 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."
Burton will make his TV directing debut with the show, and will also executive produce alongside Jonathan Glickman, Andrew Mittman, Kayla Alpert, Gail Berman, Steve Stark, and Kevin Miserocchi. Production is currently underway, but no premiere date has been announced.