Because she is a contrarian in life, like the title character in Wednesday, Christina Ricci is thrilled to be returning to the Addams Family universe. Ricci discussed how it felt to return to the franchise three decades after playing Wednesday Addams in the well-liked 90s film duology, a part that is now played by Jenna Ortega, in an exclusive interview with Collider’s own Perri Nemiroff for Collider Ladies Night.
The Addams family was created and brought to life by cartoonist Charles Addams and first appeared in The New Yorker’s pages in the late 1930s. From the cinema to the stage, they have undergone numerous adaptations over the years, and now Burton is in charge of the impending Netflix version.
Wednesday, a Tim Burton production for Netflix that centers on the Addams Family’s eldest daughter, offers a novel interpretation of the Charles Addams cartoon character and his film series. In addition, Ricci, who portrayed Wednesday in the latest live-action remake of the cartoons, The Addams Family and its follow-up, Addams Family Values, will return to the series. Despite the fact that Ricci now portrays a different role, she is delighted to be back since she has a personal connection to the Addams Family. As Ricci clarifies:
“Well, you know, it’s such a fun world, I mean. And I’ve always thought of myself as a bit of a natural contrarian, you know? Being in a society where everyone seems to be having a ball doing the wrong thing. For me, it’s perfect; I adore it. Therefore, that is what that world emotionally means a lot to me.”
Along with being thrilled to rejoin the series, Ricci is grateful to work with a terrific cast and crew. As Ricci explains, she is aware that her name adds something to fans’ attention, but she nonetheless feels thrilled to be a part of Wednesday. Her words are:
“I was quite honored to be asked by Tim Burton because, well, he’s simply a genius. Additionally, I was asked to participate in the next iteration of something that played a significant role in both my history and identity. Even while I am aware that they didn’t do it just out of kindness, it nevertheless made me feel really touched and happy.“
“It’s a tremendously entertaining universe, and my character is crazy, entertaining, and unlike anything I’ve ever done. And I recently had a really wonderful encounter with Jenna, who is incredible. I believe that now people have a taste of her Wednesday, and it’s going to be great. She is just amazing. I adore working with Gwendoline Christie, too. My fave is her.“
Along with Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzman as Gomez Addams, Isaac Ordonez as Wednesday’s younger brother Pugsley, Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott from Garfunkel and Oates, Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin from Sons of Anarchy, and Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems, Wednesday also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as The series will have music composed by renowned musician Danny Elfman.
This Fall, Netflix (Sweet Home Season 2) will release Wednesday, as Collider exclusively reported. Check out Wednesday’s official summary and trailer:
“Wednesday” is a young adult TV series based on the Charles Addams character that is billed as an investigative, supernaturally laced mystery that follows Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. While negotiating her new and extremely complicated connections at Nevermore, she tries to harness her developing psychic gift, stop a horrific killing spree that has devastated the neighborhood, and uncover the paranormal mystery that ensnared her parents 25 years ago.