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.
Tim Burton with actor George Burcea who will be playing the character of ‘Lurch’. pic.twitter.com/YA3qfcwfuw
— Tim Burton Daily (@TimBurtonDaily) December 5, 2021
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.