'Eighth Grade' Star Elsie Fisher Joins Animated 'Addams Family' Movie (Exclusive)
In her first gig since gaining critical acclaim with her starring performance in Eighth Grade, Elsie Fisher has joined the voice cast of The Addams Family, MGM’s animated feature based on the work of cartoonist Charles Addams.
Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are co-directing the movie, which is in production in Vancouver at Cinesite Studios and due to be released Oct. 18, 2019.
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Addams' satirical work featuring the macabre family has been adapted into a classic TV series as well as several movies and a Broadway musical. In this latest incarnation, the family sees its life unravel as the Addams face off against a crafty reality TV host while in the midst of preparing for extended relatives to arrive for a family celebration.
Oscar Isaac is voicing the patriarch of the family, Gomez, while Charlize Theron is voicing the matriarch, Morticia. Chloe Grace Moretz is daughter Wednesday while Finn Wolfhard is son Pugsley. Rounding out the cast are Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Bette Midler as the grandmother and Allison Janney as nemesis Margaux Needler.
Fisher will voice Parker Needler, the daughter of the Margaux.
Producing the movie are Vernon; Gail Berman, via her shingle The Jackal Group; and Alex Schwartz. Matt Lieberman wrote the script, with revisions by Dan O’Keefe and Benjamin Garant. Exec producing are Kevin Miserocchi, Andrew Mittman and Joe Earley.
Fisher toplines Eighth Grade, one of the most acclaimed movies of the summer, which generated buzz for its raw and undiluted take on being a tween in today’s social media-addicted society. Bo Burnham wrote and directed the coming-of-age tale.
Before breaking out onscreen, Fisher lent her voice to Universal’s first two Despicable Me movies, in which she plays one of the young girls adopted by villain turned dad Gru. She is repped by Innovative Artists.
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