Michael Keaton and Jenna Ortega to star in ‘Beetlejuice 2’


Warner Bros. has announced that “Beetlejuice 2” will hit theaters on Sept. 6, 2024, serving as the sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 film about a pesky poltergeist. Michael Keaton is returning as Beetlejuice and “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega will portray the daughter of Lydia Deetz, the character played by Winona Ryder in the original.  Additional cast members include Ryder, as well as Justin Theroux in a yet-to-be-revealed role. Production is expected to commence in London on May 10.

In the first film, a recently deceased married couple (played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) are miffed by the new family that moved into their home (portrayed by Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones, with Ryder as their teenage daughter)   The couple contact Beetlejuice, a devious ghost from the Netherworld, who promises to help them haunt the house’s new inhabitants. “Beetlejuice” grossed $74.7 million and inspired a Tony-nominated stage musical.

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