Netflix has announced that award-winning Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, will play Morticia Addams, mother of Wednesday and uxoriously adored wife of Gomez.
The news on Nettflix’s new Wednesday show keeps rolling in; we already know that Tim Burton is directing, and that Jenna Ortega and Luis Guzmán will play Wednesday and Gomez Addams. The showrunners are Al Gough and Miles Millar, best known for their work on Smallville.
Catherine Zeta-Jones made her movie debut as Sheherazade in Les 1001 Nuits (1990). She played villainess Sala in The Phantom (1996) . Zeta-Jones played Elena in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and reprised the role in The Legend of Zorro (2005).
Zeta-Jones won the Academy Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the BAFTA for her role as Velma Kelly in Chicago (2002). She won a Tony Award for starring in A Little Night Music on Broadway. HM Queen Elizabeth II appointed her a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for both her film work and her humanitarian efforts. She and her husband, Michael Douglas (Jack Colton in Romancing the Stone (1984) and Jewel of the Nile (1985) and Dr. Hank Pym in the MCU), are both active in charity.
Catherine Zeta-Jones won’t be able to avoid the comparison to her predecessors in the role. Carolyn Jones originally defined the role in the 60’s sitcom, but Anjelica Huston was great in the live-action movies. What do you think? Leave us comments.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.