‘Beetlejuice 2’ set for release in 2024 with Michael Keaton and Jenna Ortega
Beetlejuice 2 will be released on September 6, 2024, Warner Bros. has confirmed.
The upcoming sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 original will see Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder reprise their roles as Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz, respectively.
Jenna Ortega — best known for her role in Netflix‘s hit series Wednesday — will also star, playing the daughter of Ryder’s character.
The Leftovers star Justin Theroux will also appear in the film in an undisclosed role.
The upcoming sequel, which has been in discussion for a decade, will begin filming in London on May 10.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing the project, with the screenplay coming from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who worked with Tim Burton on Wednesday.
Little else is currently known about the follow-up to Burton’s 1988 film about a troublesome poltergeist. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps.
The original film followed Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a married couple named Adam and Barbara Maitland. After dying in the car crash, the pair become ghosts and find themselves unable to leave their old house as the Deetz family moves into the vacant property.
In an attempt to scare the unwelcome family away, the Maitlands enlist the help of Beetlejuice, a slippery spirit with motives of his own.
Elsewhere, Jenna Ortega was recently called out by striking writers in Hollywood after the star revealed that she re-wrote parts of Wednesday.
“There was times on that set where I even became almost unprofessional, in a sense, where I just started changing lines,” she said back in March.
“The script supervisor thought that I was going with something, and then I would have to sit down with the writers and they would be like, ‘Wait, what happened to the scene?’ And I would to have to go through and explain why I couldn’t do certain things.”
Now, with writers on strike over pay, manpower and AI tech disputes, several strikers are taking shots at the actor, with BoJack Horseman writer Nick Adams writing on Twitter: “Jenna Ortega better be back from [New York] for her afternoon shift on the picket line”. The Bear writer added: “Rewriting is writing! See you at the line, Jenna!”
Images of a picket sign reading “Without writers, Jenna Ortega will have nothing to punch up!” have also been circulating online.