Johnny Depp is rumored to be playing Uncle Fester in Wednesday – Tim Burton’s Addams Family spin-off, due out on Netflix this fall.
Fans of Depp, who recently won a legal victory against his ex-wife Amber Heard in his defamation lawsuit, have been eagerly awaiting his return to the big screen and will no doubt welcome the opportunity to catch him on the comedy show.
Will Johnny Depp play Uncle Fester in ‘Wednesday’?
Depp’s involvement in the series has yet to be confirmed, but since the show’s creators have gone to great lengths to keep the casting for the role a secret, there are many indications that the actor will take on the role.
“Wednesday” stars Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, while Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Morticia Addams and Luis Guzmán plays her husband Gomez Addams.
Uncle Fester’s role will be kept “secret” until the show’s premiere.
Uncle Fester, played by Jackie Coogan in the original series, was absent from the Netflix show’s trailer, which according to the show’s creator Alfred Gough was intended.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Gough, who co-created the show with ‘Smallville’ creator Miles Millar before hiring Tim Burton to executive produce – adding his Gothic touch:
“We have no comment on Uncle Fester. Watch the show.”
A DeuxMoi source hinted that Depp will star as Uncle Fester.
Instagram gossip account DeuxMoi shared an anonymous tip or “blind object” that contained many references to Depp.
The post read, “Extraordinary efforts taken to protect Uncle Fester’s identity on latest Netflix offering.”
“So this A++ lister, who rarely comes out of the news or the courts, is keeping things quiet [Jenna] Ortega’s moment isn’t overshadowed by his ex’s ongoing revenge. But rumor has it the early edits show Tim Burton was right about fighting for his casting.”
The submission was made under the alias Aquagirl, which may be a reference to Aquaman, a film starring Depp’s ex-wife Heard.
Depp’s team added to the speculation this week when the Twitter account for his NFT collection, Never Fear Truth, shared a picture of Burton alongside the caption, “Happy Wednesday.”
Depp and Burton are friends and longtime collaborators.
It makes sense that Depp would be someone Burton would “fight” for, considering they have a long history of collaborating on many successful projects.
To date, Depp and Burton have worked together on eight films, including Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd.
This would be their first collaboration since 2012’s Dark Shadows.
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