The first Netflix trailer Wednesday solves one of the first mysteries surrounding the show: Who the hell is playing Uncle Fester? get ready, because the images reveal that none other than Fred Armisen will take on the iconic role in the upcoming series. The actor joined the cast at the New York Comic Con panel to discuss his portrayal of his character. “I wanted to do it right and not have a bald spot, so I shaved my head,” he said. An exclusive clip from NYCC with Wednesday and Uncle Fester shows them delightfully scheming.
“It’s a tradition,” Armisen says of taking on the role. “I think Fester is an Addams Family tradition.”
Co-created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Tim Burton, Wednesday is a supernatural coming-of-age comedy about everyone’s favorite goth, Wednesday Addams. Jenna Ortega will play the titular lead, the first Latina actress to do so. During the panel, the actress said that was one of the reasons why she was excited to play the role, “because Wednesday is one of the few characters with a global reach that she is also. Latin.”
As seen in the trailer, Wednesday moves to Nevermore Academy, which is a safe haven for all who arrive there. He is immediately confronted with all sorts of problems, from secret societies, assassinations, monsters, and worst of all, cabals. The video features another fun surprise in the form of Christina Ricci. the yellow jackets the star is known for his own performance of Wednesday Addams in 1991 the addams family and its sequel. She joins the series as a Nevermore teacher named Miss Thornhill.
Wednesday it also stars Gwendoline Christie as a new character named Larissa Weems, the director of Nevermore. She revealed during the NYCC panel that Larissa was Morticia Addams’ roommate when they were younger and that she always lived in her shadow: “She now has her dream of being in charge. Larissa is dealing with red tape and the arrival of Wednesday, which presents a strange and unnerving dynamic between the two women.”
The cast includes Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, and Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott. Guzmán, who also joined the NYCC panel, was excited about the new version of the series about the spooky and scary family.
“It is the continuation of a legacy that is the Addams family,” Guzmán said of the new series. “You’re going to see them in a different light than you’ve ever seen them before, and you’re going to welcome them, and you’re going to be entertained.”
The eight-episode first season of Wednesday will premiere on Netflix on November 23, 2022.