‘Wednesday’ Show Poster Erases Jenna Ortega, New Replacement Generated

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Jenna Ortega dancing as Wednesday Addams in 'Wednesday'

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It seems that there is a new style being reimagined for the highly successful Netflix show, Wednesday.

Wednesday has taken the world by storm, with Jenna Ortega at the helm of this oddity ship, with Tim Burton guiding the sails.

Wednesday Addams and Enid Sinclair
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Wednesday, a supernatural coming-of-age series based on The Addams Family franchise, centers on the morbid experiences of the titular character as she navigates life at Nevermore Academy. Since its debut in late November 2022, Wednesday has emerged as one of the standout shows of the year, attracting a record-breaking audience for a Netflix premiere with the highest viewership in its first week, accumulating an impressive 341.2 million hours.

Jenna Ortega, the lead actress, played a pivotal role in bringing a younger audience, particularly from Generation Z, to the platform. The show’s viral moments, including Wednesday’s iconic dance in episode four, contributed to its widespread popularity on platforms like TikTok, expanding its reach to a broader audience.

Notably, Wednesday exhibited a strong presence in Black and Hispanic households, indicating its success in reaching diverse viewership. This inclusivity aligns with the show’s various avenues for representation, from Wednesday’s Latino Addams Family background to the potential exploration of a queer romance between the protagonist and her friend Enid.

Jenna Ortega dancing as Wednesday Addams in 'Wednesday'
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Jenna Ortega, recognized for her breakthrough roles and iconic performances, shared her journey as a Latina actress in Hollywood. Her early career included the titular role in the Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle, but she faced challenges in finding roles that represented her heritage. Despite her success, she revealed the difficulties of being typecast and the impact it had on her self-perception.

In the contemporary Scream series, she portrays Tara Carpenter. Now, as we know, Ortega has left the franchise alongside Melissa Barrera; however, Ortega’s reasoning is due to filming conflicts. She is also featured in X, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, and Insidious 2. She recently completed filming for Beetlejuice 2, where she portrays the daughter of Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder).

In a Harper’s Bazaar interview, Jenna reflected on the challenges she faced as a child actor, expressing frustration about the limited roles available for Hispanic actors. The experience led her to question whether her appearance was a hindrance to her success, highlighting the systemic issues within the industry. Despite these obstacles, Jenna Ortega continues to break barriers and make her mark in Hollywood.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
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In the show we follow Wednesday as she gets expelled from her high school. Commencing her enrollment at Nevermore Academy, Wednesday Addams discovers the sinister secrets hidden within its walls, where her parents had once tread in their youth. In an attempt to break free from Nevermore’s clutches, Wednesday becomes the target of a fellow student’s attack, only to be unexpectedly rescued by the very monster responsible for a series of gruesome murders plaguing Jericho. Unbeknownst to her, Wednesday finds herself entwined in a prophetic revelation that foretells her role in the destruction of the very institution she yearns to escape.

As Wednesday delves into unraveling the mysteries surrounding the murders and understanding her fateful connection to the prophecy, an unidentified figure observes her every move from a distance, documenting the unfolding events through a lens.

The first season of the Netflix series Wednesday features a stellar cast including Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Percy Hynes White, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer, Naomi J. Ogawa, and Christina Ricci.

Wednesday
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As of late, the show has undergone a lot of media attention while fans have been patiently awaiting a season two.

Netflix’s CEO, Ted Sarandos, had explicitly mentioned that once the previous  SAG-AFTRA strike concluded, the streaming platform will prioritize the release of both Stranger Things season five and Wednesday. Now that the strike is indeed over, many were awaiting news on the next chapter of Wednesday.

We now know that filming will be taking place in Ireland early next year, but an exact timeline as to when season two of Wednesday will debut has not been given out. Prior to the strike, we heard rumblings of a 2024 release. However, that seems like a tough deadline, considering filming has not begun. Aside from the new filming update making headlines, we have also seen a lot of information surrounding cast that has left or been fired from the show.

percy hynes white in wednesday
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Percy Hynes White, who plays Xavier Thorpe in the show, was let go from season two. The Canadian actor was surrounded by allegations which have not been proven true, but pointed at the actor over-serving women at a party. Instead of standing behind White, Netflix made the choice to write him out. The choice was a massive one, as season one ends with Xavier and Wednesday exchanging numbers, hinting at a much larger role as a lover to the lead.

On top of that drama, we also saw Thora Birch walk away from filming. Originally, it was stated that the actress had a personal emergency and had to fly home; however, she did note some creative discrepancies she had with the team, which may have also played a role in her sudden departure.

Even with the negative news, the bulk of fans cannot wait for the next season, so much so, that we are now beginning to see fan art take over the internet. Recently, we shared imagery of Billie Eilish as Wednesday Addams, and now this next rendering of the cast has surfaced.

Astrozombie137 (@gpart_137) shared the image:

Promotional image of the Netflix series: “Wednesday” Season 2. Fall 2024. Studio Ghibli Style.

*Descriptions below*
(A.I. generated image edited by me)

As we can see the photo is now in the iconic Studio Ghibli styling. The imagery actually poses Wednesday as being in a relationship with Enid, with her name written on Wednesday’s school bag in the same kiss mark lipstick shade on Wednesday’s cheek. This relationship, while not confirmed, has been a massive fan theory.

If there were to be an animated version of the show, it would essentially also erase Jenna Ortega from her role, which, as we discussed, would likely bring the show into failure due to Ortega’s contribution to the success of Wednesday.

wednesday and roomamte
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For those who do not know, Studio Ghibli is a renowned Japanese animation film studio founded in 1985 by filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and others.

Widely acclaimed for its enchanting and visually stunning animated films, Studio Ghibli has become synonymous with high-quality storytelling and artistic excellence. Notable productions include classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke, which have garnered international acclaim for their unique blend of imaginative worlds, compelling characters, and richly layered storytelling. Studio Ghibli’s contributions have had a profound impact on the global animation industry, solidifying its place as a beloved and influential force in cinematic artistry.

Studio Ghibli brings in multiple billions of dollars each year, and has a massive fan base, so it would not be too shocking to see a Wednesday interpretation done by the studio. That being said, this drawing is not confirmed by any means.

For now, fans of Wednesday will have to patiently await season two as it preps to air on Netflix.

Would you like to see a Studio Ghibli rendition of Wednesday?

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