Catherine Zeta-Jones joins cast of Netflix’s Addams Family adaptation

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They're creepy and they're kooky – and now they have been injected with another dose of Hollywood fire power, after the upcoming Addams Family adaptation cast its latest Morticia.

A-lister Catherine Zeta-Jones will play the family matriarch in the upcoming Netflix series, Wednesday.

The Welsh actress joins Luis Guzman, who will play her on-screen husband Gomez, with Jenna Ortega starring as the titular Wednesday Addams in the show.

Tim Burton, known for his macabre and bizarre style of films, will direct the live-action series, which will follow the Addams' daughter while she's at high school.

Netflix says: "The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams' years as a student at Nevermore Academy.

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"Wednesday's attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore."

Wednesday Addams was first introduced to the world in 1938, though without a name, in a cartoon for the New Yorker magazine.

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Jenna Ortega. Pic: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

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Jenna Ortega will star as Wednesday Addams. Pic: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

It wasn't until 1964 that the family members were given names for the original TV series, where Morticia was played by Carolyn Jones.

The much-loved 1991 film The Addams Family saw Anjelica Hutson take up the role.

There is not yet a date for when the show will start streaming.

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