Originally former child star Torah Birch had been cast as Tamara Novak, “Wednesday’s dorm mom and the only ‘normie’ on the staff at Nevermore Academy, with a focus on all things botanical.” However, Deadline reported that Birch left the series during production. Thankfully, Deadline followed up on that announcement by revealing that another former child star has been brought in to replace her, but the character has been changed from his original intent. That actress, of course, is Christina Ricci.
If you’re reading this, you probably know who Christina Ricci is. For a whole generation, you was Wednesday Addams. Her performance in both the 1991 and 1993 films is so iconic that she is even more associated with the role than her originator, Lisa Loring, or Nicole Fugere, the actress who portrayed the character in both Addams Family Reunion and “The New Addams” played family.”
It’s only natural to bring her into the series. Of course, there’s the history she has with the character, but there’s her existing working relationship with Tim Burton, having previously appeared in his film Sleepy Hollow. On top of that, there’s Ricci’s natural affinity for spooky material. From “Casper” to “Cursed” to “Yellowjackets,” Ricci has never shied away from the dark side of storytelling. If you are quiet I’m not sure how you know her from, it could be one of her other dozens of credits like “Buffalo ’66”, “Black Snake Moan”, “Lizzie Borden Took an Axe” or her time as Liza Bump in “Ally McBeal” be. “