Why the Star of Tim Burton's Wednesday Series Looks So Familiar

On Wednesday, May 19, Netflix announced the actress cast as the titular role in the Tim Burton-directed Wednesday series.

By Alyssa Ray May 19, 2021 5:32 PMTags
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A creepy and kooky character. No, we aren't talking about You's Joe Goldberg.

However, we are talking about You actress Jenna Ortega landing the titular role in Netflix's live-action, coming-of-age comedy about Wednesday Addams. On Wednesday, May 19, the 18-year-old actress confirmed the casting news by taking to Instagram to share a selfie with the script.

"New chapter," she wrote. "Hope I can do Wednesday Addams justice. *snaps twice*"

Ortega is best known for playing Ellie Alves, Joe's next-door neighbor, in season two of You. Other credits include Yes Day, Jane the Virgin and The Babysitter: Killer Queen.

As for the new series? The upcoming comedy—aptly named Wednesday and directed by Tim Burton—follows Morticia and Gomez Addams' death-obsessed daughter as she attends a peculiar new school.

In February, Netflix offered up the following description: "Wednesday 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 of the strange and diverse student body."

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The new series is simply adding to the macabre teen's already impressive legacy. The character first came to life in cartoonist Charles Addams' 1938 work in The New Yorker. Thanks to the 1964 television series, Wednesday became a budding goth icon. Many actresses have tackled the beloved character, including Lisa Loring, Christina Ricci and Chloë Grace Moretz.

Welcome to the family, Ortega.

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