MGM’s upcoming The Addams Family animated movie has cast Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher. Fisher is the latest to join the packed A-list cast that will voice the dark yet wacky computer animated characters of The Addams Family that fans all know and love.
The story of The Addams Family, which is based on characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams back in the 1930s, has gone through many versions, variations, and adaptations. From cartoon television series to live-action movies, perhaps the most iconic iteration of The Addams Family came with the 1991 film starring Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Lloyd in the macabre comedy. This latest adaptation of The Addams Family had been in the works for some time, but production on the computer animated film began back in October of last year.
THR broke the news of Elsie Fisher’s casting. The young actress will voice the character of Parker Needler, the daughter of Margaux Needler, the Addams family’s arch nemesis. Fisher was the breakout star of the summer after starring as Kayla in Bo Burnham’s intimate comedy Eighth Grade, which has been lauded by critics as one of the best films of the year. Notably, she started her career with voice acting in animated films, having played Agnes in the Despicable Me franchise. Now, she will add another comedy to her resume as she joins The Addams Family.
Fisher joins a cast of impressive talent. Oscar Isaac has been chosen to voice the Addams family patriarch, Gomez Addams, while Charlize Theron will take on the role of his wife, Morticia Addams. Chloë Grace Moretz is set to voice their daughter, Wednesday Addams, and Finn Wolfhard will join the family voicing son Pugsley Addams. Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, and Allison Janney have also been cast in key voice roles. Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon will direct and produce the film. The Addams Family animated movie is currently set to have an October 2019 release and will follow the Addams family as they work together to juggle home life, the challenges of an extended family gathering, and dealing with a sly reality television host who tries to meddle in their affairs.
With her role as Parker Needler, Fisher is rounding out a solid comedic career. Fisher was celebrated by critics for her natural and genuine performance as Eighth Grade’s Kayla, where the actress was able to capture her teen character’s angst, anxiety, and awkwardness with skill that even few adult actors have. After The Addams Family, Fisher may very well become a household name. One thing is for certain: Fisher is shaping up to have a very impressive career indeed – and all at the age of 15.