Tim Burton has cast his new Gomez for Netflix’s forthcoming live-action Addams Family drama Wednesday in the form of veteran comic actor Luis Guzman.
Guzmán will appear in a guest starring role as Gomez, the patriarch of the Addams family. Actors who have previously played a live-action version of the iconic character include Raul Julia, John Astin, and Tim Curry, among others. Most recently, Oscar Isaac voiced the character in the animated “Addams Family” film that was released in 2019.
Guzmán is a veteran actor known for his roles in films like “Traffic,” “Carlito’s Way,” and “The Taking of Pelham 123.” He has appeared in multiple Paul Thomas Anderson films as well — “Boogie Nights,” “Punch Drunk Love,” “Waiting” and “Magnolia.” On television, he recently starred in the CBS medical drama “Code Black” and has appeared on shows like “Oz,” “Shameless,” “Godfather of Harlem,” and “Narcos” among many others.
It was also recently announced that actress Jenny Ortega has been cast in the lead role of Wednesday Adams. The series, which is simply titled “Wednesday” will follow the beloved Addams Family character’s “spooky coming-of-age.” Eight episodes have been ordered by Netflix; to be directed/executive produced by Burton.