Master of the family-friendly macabre Tim Burton is at the center of a new featurette for his upcoming Netflix series Wednesday. Featuring showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar alongside series stars Jenna Ortega and Catherine Zeta-Jones among others, it walks through how the iconic director shaped the series from top to bottom as well as how he really gelled with the character of Wednesday Addams and how he impacted the people around him on the series.
The featurette shows just how much of a match made in heaven Burton and Wednesday are. Thanks to his unique visual aesthetic that mixes a more gothic style with vibrant colors, he was the obvious choice to helm the series for the showrunners. Ortega refers to him as “the most detail-oriented director I’ve ever worked with” for the painstaking effort he goes through to set up each shot, swapping lenses, angles, and more to create something artistic. Burton’s creativity spilled over into the world-building, straddling his usual line between believable and heightened, gothic fantasy. He even designed the monster that lurks within Nevermore Academy. All of his work comes together to create what the showrunners describe as “an extended Tim Burton movie.”
One thing the featurette also made clear was how instrumental Burton was in putting together the all-star cast in roles that really made sense. Alongside Ortega as Wednesday and Zeta-Jones as Morticia, the series also features Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, Emma Myers as Wednesday’s roommate Enid Sinclair, and Gwendoline Christie as Nevermore’s headmaster Larissa Weems. Rounding out the cast are Jamie McShane, Percy Hynes White, Hunter Doohan, Joy Sunday, Naomi J Ogawa, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer, Victor Teodor Dorobantu, Calum Ross, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Christina Ricci, and Riki Lindhome with guest stars Lucius Hoyos and Iman Marson.
Wednesday streams on Netflix on November 23. See the new featurette down below.