‘Wednesday’: Catherine Zeta-Jones to play Morticia Addams in Netflix series

Catherine Zeta-Jones will join Jenna Ortega and Luis Guzmán in a new series centering on "The Addams Family" character Wednesday Addams. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Aug. 10 (UPI) — Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined the cast of the Netflix series “Wednesday.”

The streaming service confirmed Monday that Zeta-Jones, 51, will guest star in the new, live-action series about the “Addams Family” character Wednesday Addams.

Zeta-Jones will play Wednesday’s mother, Morticia Addams, while Luis Guzmán will portray Gomez Addams, Morticia’s husband and Wednesday’s father.

Jenna Ortega was previously announced to play Wednesday.


“Wednesday” will consist of eight episodes. The series follows Wednesday (Ortega) as she attends Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to master her emerging psychic abilities, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago.

The new show is created by Al Gough and Miles Millar, who will serve as showrunners and executive producers. Tim Burton will direct and executive produce.

“The Addams Family” originated as a cartoon by Charles Addams that was subsequently adapted for film and TV. Anjelica Huston previously played Morticia in two “Addams Family” films, while Charlize Theron voiced the character in a 2019 animated movie.

Zeta-Jones most recently starred in “Prodigal Son” Season 2. Other recent TV roles include Vicki Ellis on “Queen America” and Olivia de Havilland on “Feud: Bette and Joan.”


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