Tim Burton Unveils First Look at “Beetlejuice” Sequel Starring Michael Keaton

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First Look at “Beetlejuice” Sequel Revealed

The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved Burton classic, "Beetlejuice," has unveiled its first-look images. After thirty-six years since its original release in 1988, Michael Keaton returns as the iconic "bio-exorcist" Betelgeuse, sporting his signature black and white striped look.

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Burton and Keaton Discuss Sequel’s Emotional Depth

Director Burton, aged 65, who is back to direct the sequel, revealed to EW that both he and Keaton, aged 72, had discussed the possibility of a sequel for years. However, they were only willing to move forward if it felt right emotionally. Burton stated, "Unless it felt right, he had no burning desire to do it. I think we all felt the same way. It only made sense if it had an emotional hook."

The Afterlife’s Bureaucratic Maze

Since navigating the afterlife involves navigating a complex bureaucracy, the Maitlands sought the assistance of the obnoxious "bio-exorcist" Betelgeuse, portrayed by Keaton, to frighten away the Deetz family. The original film concludes with both the Deetz and Maitland families cohabiting in the house, albeit in an uneasy truce.

Details about the sequel's plot remain largely undisclosed, but Keaton, Ryder, and O'Hara are set to reprise their respective roles. Joining the cast, Jenna Ortega will portray Lydia's daughter, Astrid, while Justin Theroux has been added as a mysterious character named Rory. Monica Bellucci and Willem Dafoe complete the ensemble cast.

'Beetlejuice' Release Date?

"Beetlejuiice" is slated to premiere in theaters on September 6, 2024, just in time for the Halloween season.

Who are the characters in 'Beetlejuice'?

Ryder is set to return to her starring role as Lydia Deetz, while O'Hara will be back as her mother, Delia Deetz. Ortega, known for her haunted roles such as Wednesday Addams in Burton's Netflix series, will take on the character of Lydia's daughter, Astrid. Theroux will portray Rory, though little information is available about his role at this time.

'Beetlejuice' cast

  • Michael Keaton as Beetlejuiice
  • Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz
  • Catherine O'Hara as Delia Deetz
  • Jenna Ortega as Astrid
  • Justin Theroux as Rory
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Monica Bellucci

What is 'Beetlejuice' about?

The follow-up to 'Beetlejuiice' will track the Deetz family's journey after a demise triggers the reappearance of Beetlejuiice.

In the first movie, we see Barbara and Adam Maitland, who have passed away, played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin, enlisting the help of the title character, a demon, to oust the Deetz family from their house.

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