Beetlejuice 2: Everything You Need to Know About the Spooky Sequel👻
The ghost with the most is back! After decades of rumors and speculations, Beetlejuice 2 is finally happening. Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 horror-comedy classic will hit theaters on September 6, 2024. But what can we expect from this long-awaited follow-up? Here are some key facts and details you should know before you say his name three times.
Who is in the cast of Beetlejuice 2?
The good news is that most of the original stars are returning for Beetlejuice 2. That means we'll see Michael Keaton reprise his iconic role as the mischievous and manic ghost, Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz, the goth girl who befriended him, and Catherine O'Hara as Delia Deetz, Lydia's eccentric stepmother. The bad news is that Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, who played the deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland, are not coming back for the sequel.
But don't worry, there are some exciting new additions to the cast as well. The sequel will introduce Jenna Ortega, the rising star of Netflix's Wednesday and Scream 6, as Lydia's daughter. Ortega has already worked with Burton on Wednesday, and she has praised him as “a really great communicator and collaborator.” Another newcomer is Monica Bellucci, the Italian actress who recently starred in Mafia Mamma. Bellucci is reportedly playing Beetlejuice's wife, a role that was originally written for Sarah Jessica Parker in an earlier draft of the script.
There are also rumors that Justin Theroux, known for his roles in The Leftovers and The Girl on the Train, has joined the cast in an undisclosed role. Theroux has previously worked with Keaton on The Other Guys and Birdman.
What is the plot of Beetlejuice 2?
Not much is known about the plot of Beetlejuice 2, as Warner Bros. is keeping it under wraps. However, we do know that it will be set 27 years after the events of the first film, and that it will not be a remake or a reboot. Burton has said that he wanted to make a sequel that was true to the spirit of the original, and that he would only do it if Keaton agreed to return.
According to some sources, the sequel will involve Lydia's daughter discovering Beetlejuice's grave and accidentally unleashing him back into the world. Beetlejuice will then try to reconnect with Lydia and cause more chaos and mischief along the way. There are also hints that Beetlejuice's wife will play a major role in the story, and that she might have a sinister agenda of her own.
Why did it take so long to make Beetlejuice 2?
Beetlejuice 2 has been in development hell for a long time. Ever since the first film became a cult hit and won an Oscar for Best Makeup, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. Burton himself expressed interest in making one as early as 1990, when he hired screenwriter Jonathan Gems to work on a script that would take place in Hawaii. However, that project never materialized, and neither did several other attempts by different writers over the years.
The main reason for the delay was Keaton's reluctance to reprise his role. The actor has said that he loved playing Beetlejuice, but he was wary of doing a sequel that would tarnish the legacy of the original. He also wanted to make sure that Burton was involved as well, as he felt that he was the only one who could capture the tone and style of Beetlejuice.
It wasn't until 2011 that things started to move forward again, when Seth Grahame-Smith signed a deal with Warner Bros. to write and produce Beetlejuice 2. Grahame-Smith had previously worked with Burton on Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and he managed to convince both Burton and Keaton to come on board. In 2013, Ryder also confirmed that she was involved in the sequel, and that it would be set 27 years later.
However, even with the main cast and crew in place, Beetlejuice 2 still faced some obstacles and delays. The project was put on hold several times due to scheduling conflicts, script revisions, and the ongoing writer's strike. It wasn't until 2023 that Warner Bros. finally gave Beetlejuice 2 the green light and announced a release date for 2024.
How excited are you for Beetlejuice 2?
Beetlejuice 2 is one of the most anticipated movies of 2024, and for good reason. The original film is a beloved classic that has influenced generations of fans and filmmakers. It's a rare example of a horror-comedy that balances scares and laughs, and features unforgettable characters, visuals, and music. It also showcases some of the best work of Burton, Keaton, Ryder, and O'Hara, who have all become icons in their own right.
Beetlejuice 2 promises to be a worthy sequel that will honor the legacy of the original while also bringing something new and fresh to the table. With Burton's visionary direction, Keaton's hilarious performance, Ryder's nostalgic charm, Ortega's rising star power, Bellucci's exotic allure, and Theroux's mystery factor, Beetlejuice 2 has all the ingredients for a spooky and spectacular adventure.
So what are you waiting for? Say his name three times and get ready for Beetlejuice 2! It's showtime! 🎬🍿😱😂
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