Netflix has slowly been trickling news for their Addams Family spin-off show, Wednesday. We first learned that Jenna Ortega would be playing the titular Wednesday Addams as the show was announced. Then, in August they tweeted about the rest of Wednesday’s immediate family, to much anger and delight from Twitter. So far, we’ve got Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Luis Guzman as Gomez, and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley. That still left a big question in everyone’s mind: Who is playing Uncle Fester? The spooky, bald-headed uncle of the famous gothic family is a fan-favorite for many ever since Christopher Lloyd’s rendition in the ’90s films. Netflix finally let the black cat out of the bag about who’s playing the new Uncle Fester:
— Netflix (@netflix) October 9, 2022
Fred Armisen, who you might know from old Saturday Night Live sketches or your favorite hipster sketch show Portlandia, is playing Uncle Fester. It’s certainly an interesting choice, especially considering he’s well-known for being terrible to anyone who has the misfortune of dating or marrying him. Ex-wife Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Invisible Man) described her time with him as “extremely traumatic and awful and horrible.” Ex-girlfriend Alice Lancaster called him a sociopath. He’s even admitted he’s a terrible partner.
Want a look at how Armisen will do as Fester? Netflix released a new version of the Wednesday trailer, this time with a focus on the man himself:
The spooky gothic vibes certainly work well with the new Fester’s aesthetic. But would Armisen still make a good Uncle Fester? That’s the real question, and Twitter users have some hilarious reactions to the news.
Some people hate the choice of Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester…
While some love the idea…
And others are just jumping at the chance to make a joke.
What do you think of the casting of Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester? Are you going to watch Wednesday when it comes out later this year? If you were hoping that Netflix was going to release it in time for Halloween, I hate to break the news to you: The show starts on November 23, 2022. But grab your popcorn then because this looks like it could be a great show (Fred Armisen’s performance not withstanding).