Choke tightening Wednesday Addams costumes continue to have Halloween, the first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming series “Wednesday” has arrived.
Spooky, goofy, and as gloriously macabre as ever, The Addams Family is back, but this time redesigned to place the eponymous, slightly murderous girl at its center.
“Scream” star Jenna Ortega steps confidently into the twisted braids once worn by Christina Ricci, who starred as the character in 1991’s “The Addams Family” and its sequel “Addams Family Values.”
The two-minute clip begins with Wednesday getting the boot from his school for gleefully dropping two bags of piranhas into a pool at a group of water polo players. She eventually lands a place at a new school, Nevermore, which her parents Morticia and Gomez Addams, played here by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán, attended.
Described as a “detective and supernatural mystery”, the series will follow Wednesday’s “attempts to master his emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that terrorized the local town and solve the supernatural mystery that bedeviled his parents 25 years ago. …while navigating his very tangled new relationships in Nevermore,” according to the show’s official synopsis.
In the trailer, we see flashes of what’s to come for the titular goth, as she fences, dances, and generally causes bloody mayhem, as she tries to “socialize” into her new surroundings.
“I had no idea I was going to enter a nightmare – full of mystery, mayhem, and murder,” Ortega’s Wednesday says in the trailer. “I think I’m going to love it here.”
Director Tim Burton will helm four of the series’ eight episodes, which will be overseen by showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
The series also stars Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley, Ricci, who returns in a currently undisclosed part, and a mysterious performer as Uncle Fester, who the creators are saving as a surprise.
“We have no comment on Uncle Fester,” Gough told Vanity Fair in an interview published Tuesday. “Watch the show.”
Millar and Gough, who also created the hit show “Smallville,” described “Wednesday” as its “own thing” that also feels like “an eight-hour Tim Burton movie.”
Millar told Vanity Fair: “It’s something that lives in the Venn diagram of what’s come before, but it’s its own thing. It’s not trying to be the movies or the 60s TV show. It was very important to us and very important to Tim.
Just in time for Halloween, “Wednesday” is set to debut this fall on Netflix.