A blind item from the celebrity gossip social media account Deux Moi has fans of Johnny Depp freaking out.
The site typically shares unverified blind items it receives on Instagram Story, one of which claimed that there’s been “extraordinary lengths” taken to conceal the identity of the actor playing Uncle Fester in the upcoming Netflix series “Wednesday”, the Tim Burton-produced spinoff of “The Addams Family” focused on Addams daughter Wednesday (played by Jenna Ortega).
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“This rarely out of the news or courts a++ lister is keeping things quiet so that Ortega’s moment is not overshadowed by his ex’s ongoing vendetta,” the tipster claimed. “But rumours are the first edits show that Tim Burton was right to fight for his casting.”
Johnny Depp may be Uncle Fester??? 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/SsPXp9IGgN
— Alex (@inizia) August 18, 2022
The tip was rife with enough clues that Burton was reuniting with Depp (who starred in several of Burton’s movies, including “Edward Scissorhands” and “Sleepy Hollow”) by casting him as Wednesday Addams’ uncle.
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Supporting the rumour are the lack of any photos of Fester in Netflix’s press materials for the series, while IMDb doesn’t even list the character in the credits (Luis Guzman and Catherine Zeta-Jones play Wednesday’s parents, Gomez and Morticia).
Here’s a sampling of how fans have been reacting to the rumour on Twitter:
If Johnny Depp is Uncle Fester, I’m go gonna scream lmaooo https://t.co/GmzsbUzhWO
— LOCAL BLACK GIRL FOR HIRE (@IamNiaRae) August 18, 2022
If Johnny Depp plays Uncle Fester in Wednesday I’ll be so happy.
— Randalorian (@ExSuperhero) August 17, 2022
So rare that I feel confident in my @deuxmoiworld blind item guesses, but Johnny Depp as Uncle Fester in Wednesday Addams sounds like a treat to me. pic.twitter.com/BNQmAI7kXL
— Jennifer Ann (@jnifferann) August 18, 2022
So you’re telling me that the king himself, Johnny Depp, will play Uncle Fester in Wednesday?!?! One can dream but…Please, for the love of Tim, let this be truth (?#JohnnyDeppKeepsWinning #JohnnyDeppRises pic.twitter.com/9o14Sv8xpA
— Dolly Arthur (@DollyArthur_) August 18, 2022
OMG I have a strong feeling that Uncle Fester will be played by Johnny Depp! & maybe the reason they had to keep it a secret is because his role depended on the outcome of the trial?! Eeeek!😍#JohnnyDepp#Wednesday#JohnnyDeppRises#JusticeForJohnnyDepphttps://t.co/yWVjXlTnXS
— butterflyflutterby (@lostbutterfly28) August 18, 2022
this is not confirmed info, just a theory that i want to share… what if johnny depp is playing uncle fester on wednesday? showrunners were tight lipped in the VF exclusive so it’s leading me to believe it’s a big name/frequent burton collaborator. 🤔
— sam olson (@astoldbysno) August 16, 2022
Johnny Depp is apparently Uncle Fester… another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collab?!? We LOVE to see it https://t.co/0aQVUu2ZbK
— Sara ·⋆✵✦ (@cherryskiess) August 18, 2022
Omg omg !! @netflix #JohnnyDepp in the new #Wednesday series?!?!?!?!?!? Uncle Fester!
— Breegale (@breegale2020) August 19, 2022