Beetlejuice 2: Release date, cast and latest news
Beetlejuice’s second act looks set to come to life.
Everyone’s favourite bio-exorcist is returning to the big screen in Beetlejuice 2 – which now has an official release date.
Released in 1988, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a recently deceased couple who, after struggling to haunt their home, enlist the exorcist Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to scare off its new inhabitants, the Deetzes (Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder).
Little is known about the follow-up to the 1988 movie, but the filmmaker is returning with Michael Keaton in the title role and Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz.
Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) will star as the daughter of Ryder’s character, according to Variety, while Justin Theroux (White House Plumbers, False Positive) has joined the cast in a yet-to-be-revealed role.
Presumably, with Ortega playing the role of Lydia's daughter, Beetlejuice 2 will focus on the next generation, with Ortega bringing a Gen Z twist to the sequel as she did to Netflix's recent take on the Addams Family, Wednesday.
Will Lydia's daughter (Ortega) summon Beetlejuice for help like her mother did years before? Fans will have to wait and see.
Read on for everything you need to know about Beetlejuice 2, including when it could be released and who we can expect to star.
Beetlejuice 2 release date
Warner Bros has announced that Beetlejuice 2 will be released on the big screen on 6th September 2024.
Production is set to kick off on Wednesday 10th May 2023.
The sequel has been in the works at Warner Bros for many years, but Brad Pitt’s production company officially joined the project in February 2022.
Beetlejuice 2 cast
Tim Burton is helming the film, Michael Keaton is set to return as the title character Beetlejuice, and Winona Ryder is set to return as Lydia Deetz.
In addition, rumours of Jenna Ortega's involvement have now been confirmed, with the Wednesday actor set to play Lydia's daughter.
This marks Ortega’s second time working with Burton, who was an executive producer on Netflix’s series reboot Wednesday and directed four of its eight episodes.
Speaking exclusively with RadioTimes.com, Ortega said of being directed by Burton in Wednesday: "He put me at ease. He was definitely one of my rocks on that set in terms of when he hires an actor he completely trusts them. He always asked for my opinion and I grew to become very protective of the character because I didn’t want her to be like every other teenage girl."
She continued: "It’s hard when you have things like boys pursuing her or going to school dances and just being in that environment. It was really wonderful when Tim would call me to his trailer in the morning and say, 'What lines do you want to take out? What do you want to keep in? What would you like to say instead?'
"He was always interested in what I had to say or would always ask for my approval. I trust him completely. He’s done incredible work so I was bit in awe of that quality. He’s very sweet and very respectful, and it was definitely one of my favourite experiences with a director."
Ryder previously expressed an interest in reprising her role from the original film. In 2013, she told The Daily Beast that the sequel "sounds like it might be happening".
"It's not a remake. It's 27 years later," Ryder explained at the time. "And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later."
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She added: "I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael. Because those guys, I love."
Burton has also previously hinted that Ryder would be a part of a sequel to his cult classic.
Back in 2016, Burton told Collider: "This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right.
"It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right – because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet."
Is there a trailer for Beetlejuice 2?
No – with production yet to kick off on the film, fans will have to wait a little bit longer for a trailer.
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