According to Collider, Luis Guzmán (Traffic, Code black) was officially selected for the role of Gomez Addams in the upcoming live action from Netflix Addams family Series entitled Wednesdayby acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton. Luis Guzmán will take part Yes day Star Jenna Ortega, who will play the title role of Wednesday Addams.
The Addams family patriarch was first played by John Astin in the original TV series, followed by Golden Globe and Emmy winner Raul Julia in the 1991 and 1993 film adaptations, and Tim Curry in the 1998 direct-to-video film. The character became also voiced by Oscar Isaac in Universal Pictures’ 2019 animated film.
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Wednesday becomes executive producer and director of Tim Burton (Beetle juice, Corpse bride) in his TV directorial debut. This wasn’t Burton’s first attempt at that Addams family as he was previously commissioned to write and produce an animated film for Illumination Entertainment. However, three years after the project was announced, it was finally canceled.
The 8-episode series is described as a coming-of-age comedy that will be a detective, supernaturally permeated mystery. “It will trace the title character’s years as a student at the quirky Nevermore Academy as she tries to master her emerging psychic abilities,” the synopsis read, “while simultaneously foiling a monstrous rampage that is terrorizing the local city, and solving the supernatural mystery that has become entangled “her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating their new and very tangled relationships with the strange and diverse student body.”
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Based on characters from 1938 by cartoonist Charles Addams Wednesday is created and written by Al Gough and Miles Millar, who also play as showrunners. Executive producers are Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman and Gail Berman, with MGM and United Artists also responsible for production.