Deadline is reporting that Thora Birch has exited Wednesday, Tim Burton’s live-action Addams Family series for Netflix.
“Thora has returned to the States to attend to a personal matter and will not be returning to the production,”
a rep for series producer MGM said in a statement to Deadline.
Birch had finished filming the bulk of her series regular role as Tamara Novak, Wednesday’s dorm mother and the only “Normie” on staff at Nevermore Academy with a focus on all things botanical. The role will not be recast, with producers looking to add a new character to the show’s first season, I hear. It is unclear whether that character will take over for Tamara and help close out her planned storyline with both of them co-existing on the show or whether the new character will replace Tamara and Birch’s scenes will be reshot.
Actress Jenny Ortega has been cast in the lead role of Wednesday Addams with Catherine Zeta Jones & Luis Guzman signing on to play Morticia & Gomez Addams alongside the further cast announced including Gwendoline Christie. 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 and written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar with a release date still to be confirmed.