In news that hit that strange sweet spot of coming completely out of the blue but also not surprising anyone in the slightest, it was recently announced that Tim Burton is developing a live-action series based on The Addams Family. On the surface, it seems like the perfect blend of the filmmaker’s established sensibilities and source material, and most people can probably already imagine how it’ll turn out.
Burton’s last few movies have so far largely underwhelmed, but he can usually be relied on to do decent business at the box office and deliver exactly what his fans are expecting from him. Not much is known about what he’s cooking up here just yet, but the new version of The Addams Family will reportedly be set in the present day and be told from Wednesday’s perspective, as if 2020 couldn’t get any weirder.
Of course, almost as soon as the news broke, the internet was rife with speculation about who could end up joining the ensemble. And unsurprisingly, Johnny Depp is emerging as the clear early frontrunner to play patriarch Gomez.
Who would be a good actress to play Morticia Addams in the live action reboot of the TV series? I'm all for Johnny Depp as Gomez and I'm seeing a lot of people saying Eva Green for Morticia… pic.twitter.com/VxNwab9eRa
— Adèle K Mellish (@thatbrendanfan) October 23, 2020
Since they are having an #AddamsFamily movie reboot, I have a few casting ideas:
Johnny Depp as Gomez Addams
Eva Green as Morticia Addams
— POTATOHEAD 👽 (@whaack_art) October 23, 2020
johnny depp would've been perfect for gomez addams and while i'd love to see poc in this setting, i know he'd never cast them
— taylor (@siriuslycollins) October 23, 2020
winona ryder and johnny depp as morticia and gomez addams, i’m manifesting rn 🕯️🕯️ pic.twitter.com/itwVyTnxc7
— chérie | ceo of matt hitt (@17SMATTSHIT) October 23, 2020
— 🎃 Pumpkin King 🎃 (@Review_It_Rob) October 23, 2020
JOHNNY DEPP AS GOMEZ ADDAMS AND WINONA RYDER AS MORTICIA ADDAMS pic.twitter.com/pasqB44LzY
— ada 𐋀 (@noniswifey) October 23, 2020
Tim Burton is rebooting 'The Addams Family' for TV: https://t.co/0Bb1ElC0Hh
Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp, calling it now. pic.twitter.com/j6mKzAdiYu
— highsnobiety (@highsnobiety) October 23, 2020
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Addams Family directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as Gomez Addams, will be the best thing since the discovery of grilled cheese.
— Marie Louise 🦋 (@maximumtheq) October 23, 2020
This better involve Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as Gomez and Morticia.
I need another golden trio production desperately! Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter AND The Addams Family would be the perfect match! https://t.co/brcTFWlH3l
— Nik-or-Treat. 🍁🍂🎃🖤 (@wildandbarefoot) October 23, 2020
Forever rooting for Johnny Depp as Gomez Addams. pic.twitter.com/FFHqq36kfP
— Strawberry Fields ミ☆ (@sunflxwervolsix) October 23, 2020
the obvious answer is Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter as Morticia & Gomez Addams 🥴 https://t.co/dy9W1q45RC
— The Whore-ror Succubus (@LolaDangerosa) October 23, 2020
Addams family requires a weird style that hopefully has Johnny Depp in it along with his own wife. I dont think Tim Burton can even develop such a thing. https://t.co/Y4GFxLQ8s2
— Lyonneart (@Lyonneartist) October 23, 2020
Depp and Burton were almost inseparable at one stage, working together on nine movies between 1990’s Edward Scissorhands and 2012’s Dark Shadows, but they’ve been apart for an unusually long time. The former Pirates of the Caribbean star would be a solid if uninspired choice for Gomez, while the director’s more recent muse Eva Green is also being touted as a possible contender for Morticia, which would admittedly be fantastic casting.
At the moment, The Addams Family show is the subject of an intense bidding war, and with so many parties desperate to secure the series, it shouldn’t be long until it finds a home. And once it does, the cast will begin to fall into place.