Both actors, as well as director Tim Burton, are back for the sequel
The original cast of Beetlejuice have signed on for the sequel. Director Tim Burton confirmed that both Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton will be back, playing the parts of Lydia Deetz and Beetlejuice.
Beetlejuice 2 has been rumoured since 2011 with executives unsure whether Keaton would reprise his role of the beloved spirit. Burton has confirmed that the actor has signed on, with filming for the sequel set to begin soon.
Speaking to ShowbizSpy, Burton said, “The film is a go and has been approved by the Warner Bros. team, we have talked with the cast members we wanted for the film and they are all on board, this includes both Winona and Michael. We have the script in hand everything is in place all we need to do now is get ready to start filming.”
Burton directed the 1988 original, which starred Keaton as a so-called “bio-exorcist” trying to scare away the new human inhabitants of a haunted house so that a ghost couple, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, can continue living there. Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and a 17-year-old Winona Ryder co-starred as the human family members.
The sequel has a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also co-wrote the screenplay for Burton’s 2012 film Dark Shadows. Speaking back in May 2012, Grahame Smith said the new Beetlejuice movie would not be a “remake” or “reboot”, but “a true sequel.”
A release date for Beetlejuice 2 is yet to be confirmed.