By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
It may only be mid-September, but spooky season is fast approaching—and what better way to celebrate than with the beloved “creepy” and “kooky” Addams family?
Marquez Knolls resident Bill Hader will have a role in upcoming computer-animated supernatural comedy sequel “The Addams Family 2.”
The Emmy Award-winning actor, known for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s television series “Barry,” will lend his voice to a new character not featured in the first film, “The Addams Family,” which was released in 2019. Hader will voice Cyrus.
The premise of the film follows the story of parents Morticia and Gomez, who are distraught at the idea of their children growing up, skipping family dinners and devoting too many hours to “scream time.” In order to foster the relationships, the two bring their children, Wednesday and Pugsley, as well as Uncle Fester and the rest of their crew, into a haunted camper and take to the road for one final family vacation.
Over the course of their adventure across the United States, the family is out of their element, with run-ins with Cousin Itt as well as other characters.
Oscar Isaac will reprise his role of Gomez Addams, married to Morticia, voiced again by Charlize Theron. Chloë Grace Moretz voices Wednesday Addams, Nick Kroll is Uncle Fester and Bette Midler is Grandmama Addams, Gomez and Fester’s mother.
Other cast members include Conrad Vernon as Lurch and the spirit who haunts the Addams’ house, and Snoop Dogg as Cousin Itt.
Another new voice added for the second film will be Javon Walton, who replaced Finn Wolfhard as the voice of Pugsley Addams. Wallace Shawn will voice a new character as well.
Directed by Greg Tiernan and Vernon, with a screenplay by Matt Lieberman, “The Addams Family 2” is produced by Gail Berman, Vernon, Danielle Sterling and Alison O’Brien.
The original film featured former Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades Martin Short as Grandpa Frump, Morticia’s late father who is contacted via séance, and current Honorary Mayor of Brentwood Catherine O’Hara as his wife.
“The Addams Family 2” has reportedly been in the works since the 2019 film’s opening weekend in October, when it was first announced a sequel would be coming in 2021.
The film, which will be distributed by United Artists Releasing in the United States and Universal Pictures internationally, is slated to be released on October 1. It will be released for online rental and in theaters the same day in the U.S. and Canada, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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