Netflix’s announcement that addams family star Christina Ricci will join the cast of her upcoming spin-off Wednesday has drawn mixed reactions from fans.
On Monday (March 21), the streaming service confirmed reports that Ricci had been cast as “an exciting new character” in the Tim Burton film. Wednesday
Netflix tweeted: “Yes, it’s true: the magnificent Christina Ricci is joining the cast of the new Wednesday Addams series as an exciting new character *snap snap*.”
Ricci played the role of 13-year-old Wednesday Addams in Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 film. the addams family.
While some fans welcomed the news, others were disappointed to learn that Ricci would be playing neither an older Wednesday Addams nor her mother Morticia Addams on the series.
“I would have preferred it to be Morticia,” one Twitter user commented on Netflix’s casting update.
Last year, Netflix announced that 18-year-old Jenna Ortega (jane the virgin other You) had been cast as Wednesday, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán playing her parents Morticia and Gomez Addams.
Another social media user tweeted: “If she’s not Wednesday she’s just giving us members berries. Sorry, that’s not enough. Nostalgia’s casting is cheap and boring.”
Other Twitter users were more optimistic about the Yellow Jacket the actor’s return to the morbid comedy franchise.
“Goth teen is blowing me up right now,” said one Twitter user, with another writing: “Fantastic news! Thanks”
According to the show’s synopsis, Wednesday will follow its title character’s “misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school nestled deep in New England.”
In addition to making his directorial debut on television with Wednesday, Burton is also the show’s executive producer. The series has been created and written by Al Gough and Miles Milla, who also serve as showrunners for the series.
The streamer has yet to confirm a release date for Wednesday