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‘Wednesday’ Season 2 Shatters Records Following Major Filming Change

The second season of Wednesday is already breaking records, primarily due to a significant change in its filming location. Production for the next set of episodes is in full swing, with Jenna Ortega returning to play the iconic Addams Family character after her surprising departure from another Netflix project.

The majority of the cast will also be returning, with the exception of one major player who has recently addressed their absence from the season two lineup. This announcement follows a previously faced challenge when one of the original stars of the show exited before finishing their scenes.

A notable difference in this season is the filming location. Unlike season one, which was shot in Romania, production has now shifted to County Wicklow, Ireland. Screen Ireland has confirmed this location change, revealing that not only will Wednesday be filmed there, but it will also be the “largest production to ever film in Ireland” in terms of expenditure.

Logistical challenges are believed to be the reason behind this change of location. To mark this filming milestone, Ireland’s prime minister, Taoiseach Simon Harris, visited the set. He mingled with the show’s creators, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, as well as series director Tim Burton, who is also gearing up for the release of his Beetlejuice sequel later this year.

“I’m delighted to see Ireland continues to be chosen as a location to film series and movies, which supports our economy, creates jobs, showcases our creative talents, and promotes our country on a global stage,” Taoiseach Simon Harris said.

Anna Mallett, Netflix’s BP Production EMEA, referred to Wednesday as a “cultural juggernaut”. She added, “In recent years we have invested substantially in productions made in Ireland, such as The Siege of Jadotville, The Wonder, Bodkin, and Vikings: Valhalla.”

Just a week after its release, Wednesday was streamed for a total of 341.2 million hours, breaking a record previously held by Stranger Things.

In an article about the show’s success, The Independent noted that despite Jenna Ortega’s strong lead performance, the show “can’t escape certain trappings, namely the fact that it’s essentially Gen-Z Addams Family by way of Riverdale.”

Wednesday season two is expected to be released in late 2024 or early 2025.

Source: Screen Ireland, Netflix, The Independent