Thandiwe Newton Cast in 'Wednesday' Season 2

The 'Westworld' alum joins recent Season 2 addition Steve Buscemi in the Jenna Ortega-led series.

The Wednesday Season 2 cast is growing. Thandiwe Newton has joined the cast of the Jenna Ortega-led Netflix series in an undisclosed role, Variety reported Tuesday. At this time, character details are being kept under wraps. Newton will join fellow Season 2 newcomer Steve Buscemi, who is set to star as the new principal of Nevermore Academy, it was previously reported.

The role will mark the latest in a prolific career for Newton, who most notably starred as Maeve Millay in the HBO series Westworld. Newton appeared across 36 episodes of the hit series from 2016 until 2022, receiving three Emmy nominations for best supporting actress in a drama. She won the award in 2018. Her other acting credits include Crash, Mission: Impossible II, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Slap, Big Mouth, Human Resources, Rogue, and more.

As she heads to Wednesday, Newton will join an existing cast that is led by Ortega as Wednesday Addams. The cast is rounded out by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Isaac Ordonez, Christina Ricci (Wednesday from the 1991 Addams Family film), and Emma Myers. Thora Birch, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Georgie Farmer, Moosa Mostafa, Naomi J. Ogawa, Joy Sunday, and Percy Hynes White also star.

From Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, Wednesday premiered on Netflix in November 2022. Based on the character Wednesday Addams by Charles Addams, the series follows Wednesday as her parents enroll her at Nevermore Academy an academic institution for outcasts, freaks, and monsters, after she is expelled from her all-normie high school. It is there that she not only begins to master her emerging psychic ability but also thwarts a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town and solves the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago.

The series was picked up for a second season in January 2023 following the massive success of its debut run. At this time, plot details for Season 2 are being kept under wraps, though Ortega, who is also executive producing in Season 2, teased that there will be more "action and horror." Filming for Season 2 is expected to begin in Ireland soon, with the season set to drop on Netflix sometime next year. Wednesday Season 1 is available to stream on Netflix.