In a new Netflix series, the actress plays a teenage version of the Addams Family character Sardar who, she says, "won't let anyone get in her way." Jenna Ortega explains why she wants to play Wednesday Addams in a Netflix series Wednesday star Jenna Ortega has opened up about her casting in the remake of Tim Burton's The Addams Family. The Addams Family is getting a reboot on Netflix with director Tim Burton, and the new series will focus on Wednesday Addams with Jenna Ortega in the lead role. Production on the series, dubbed The Wednesdays, is currently underway and is expected to premiere on Netflix this year. The live-action series is unrelated to the recent animated films and will follow Wednesday as an older teenager attends Nevermore Academy, where she will use her psychic abilities to help solve a supernatural mystery involving her eccentric family. (Jenna Ortega Knows What Wednesday Adams Wants) In a recent interview with Empire, Ortega shed new light on his performance on Wednesday. The Scream star explained how the big challenge in playing Wednesday is that the character has already been performed flawlessly, especially including Christina Ricci's iconic performance in the original Adam Family films. Ortega's goal was to do something different while staying true to the character, and there's some extra pressure that comes with making the premier on Wednesday this time around. So well done on Wednesday. As if there was nothing you could do to earn it, it can't get any better. Such is the pressure. He knew that he could not deceive anyone. He is an expressionless character. He is sarcastic and stern. I imagine there are many different paths that I or anyone else could have taken to reach this part. It's been really amazing because our director Tim Burton has been very cooperative. We have never seen him so often on screen. She has always been a one-liner. How can we keep that kick, that fire, while also giving us enough emotional range to drive the story forward, without losing the emotionless character that is at its core? (Jenna Ortega Knows What Wednesday Adams Wants) Jenna Ortega Recognizes The Importance Of Representation On Wednesday Wednesday's new Family cast includes Luis Guzmán as Gomez, Isaac Ordóñez as Pugsley, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia. On why she joined the cast, Ortega revealed how she saw the importance of a Latina actress playing this iconic character and the positive impact it can have on others. What helped seal the deal, however, was how much Ortega had always related to Wednesday Adams, a character who was being compared to her because of her real-life persona. (Jenna Ortega Knows What Wednesday Adams Wants) “A big part of the reason I signed on is that she is technically a Latino character and one that has never been shown or portrayed in mainstream media and film and television without any kind of representation or identity. As someone who struggled with and still struggles with, I felt this was an opportunity for me ... to give other girls like me that identity. The way I see myself and the cultural background that I have, Given that, there aren't too many iconic characters out there. So when an opportunity like this comes up, it's someone I've been compared to all my life, just because of my humor and dry nature, so it's fitting. Felt it. I thought it would be a good way to flex my muscles in a different way." (Jenna Ortega Knows What Wednesday Adams Wants) Tim Burton is serving as showrunner on Wednesday, along with series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The series also stars Riki Lindholm, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Georgie Farmer, Moses Mustafa, Emma Myers, Naomi J. Ogawa, Joy Sunday, Percy Hines White, Gwendoline Christie, and Victor Dorobuntu. Wednesday doesn't have a release date yet, but it is expected to debut on Netflix sometime in 2022.