The Addams Family have always been the greatest examples of oddball characters that you can’t help but love. They are a lovable bunch of weirdos who have been entertaining audiences since their first appearance in illustrations by Charles Addams in 1938. Throughout numerous different iterations, they have continued to find a new audience with every adaptation. Tim Burton will be putting his stamp on the characters with the upcoming Netflix series Wednesday, and it turns out that this newest take on the characters will also be changing their background.
Insider Daniel Richtman is reporting that the Addams Family in Wednesday will be Latino. Thanks to an acquired bit of inside casting info, it is clear that the family members we see – Richtman only has casting rundowns for Wednesday, Gomez, and Morticia – will have a Latino/Hispanic background since that is the background being listed for the casting call. It is interesting that the information Richtman has procured does not mention any other Addams family members. Will we not see the whole clan in this first season of the series? Or are they simply not casting for the other parts at this time? Even though the show is being centered around Wednesday, you can bet that folks will be expecting to see all of the family members.
Frankly, the new background for the Addams Family is the least intriguing thing about the information that Richtman has gotten his hands on. The plot of the series will see Wednesday studying at Nevermore Academy, a boarding school that seems to cater to the strange and unusual. The first season will see Wednesday dealing with a murderous spree in town, solve a murder mystery that is somehow connected to her parents, go head-to-head with a supernatural enemy, and attempt to master some kind of psychic power that she has. There is so much to try and unpack there and it sounds like Wednesday is going to be an incredibly stuffed show when it comes to its plots.
It also seems very clear that this new take on the Addams Family is attempting to nab the attention of teenage viewers. Having Wednesday primarily be placed at a boarding school with other kids her age means there will be a number of teenage characters we’ll be spending time with. And the fact that Nevermore Academy is a school for magical kids where intrigue abounds certainly draws some comparisons to Harry Potter, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Burton’s previous feature film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. To be blunt, it does not sound like the most imaginative take on the property, but we will have to wait and see how it all shakes out.
The Addams Family has maintained their delightfully kooky nature for nearly a century. Wednesday will be an interesting experiment for the franchise. Will it be able to deliver the kind of bizarro charm that audiences expect to see from the Addams Family? Or will it fade into obscurity like Addams Family Reunion? Bet you forgot about that one.