Tim Burton Finds His Lurch For ‘Wednesday’ TV Series

by Thomas Tuna

“You rang?”

Fans of the classic ’60s The Addams Family can still hear Ted Cassidy’s towering butler Lurch rumble that iconic catchphrase in response to Gomez tugging on the noose-like bell rope in the always-bizarre living room.

Well, the upcoming Tim Burton-directed spinoff Wednesday–revolving around the Addams clan’s grown-up daughter–this week landed its Lurch. A tweet from Burton, courtesy of wegotthiscovered.com and seen on this page, shows the filmmaker with Romanian actor George Burcea, who will play the faithful butler in the eight-episode Netflix series.

Burcea–perhaps best known for roles in Comrade Detective (2017) and Say Yes (2018)–will join Jenna Ortega in the titular role, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Luis Guzman as Gomez, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley and Victor Dorobantu as the disembodied hand known as Thing.

The horror-comedy series–directed by Burton and written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar–is described as a “mystery charting Wednesday’s years as a student at Nevermore Academy.” It’s here that she tries to master her “emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago.”

The Addams Family TV series–which ran for 64 episodes from 1964-1966–was based on the memorable New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams. The show starred Carolyn Jones as Morticia, John Astin as Gomez and featured the 6’9″ Cassidy as the ever-helpful Lurch.

There is no debut date set for Wednesday on Netflix, so keep reading Horror News Network for all updates.


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