The first look at ‘Beetlejuice 2’ with Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder is here

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“Beetlejuice Beetlejuice”, the long-awaited sequel to the original cult hit Tim Burton film, has released its first look photos.

Thirty-six years after the original “Beetlejuice” premiered in 1988, Michael Keaton is back as the terrifying-looking, black-and-white-striped “bio-exorcist” Betelgeuse.

Burton, 65, returning to direct, told EW that he and Keaton, 72, have discussed a sequel for several years, but, “They didn’t have a strong desire to do it until it felt right.” I think we all felt the same way. It has meaning only if there is an emotional connection to it.”

Tim Burton said of “Beetlejuice” star Michael Keaton, “He had no strong desire to do it until it felt right.” Parisa Taghizadeh/Warner Bros.

The original film was based on Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin), who died and found themselves as new ghosts.

Their house was purchased by the Deetz family, consisting of Charles (Jeffrey Jones), his wife Delia (Catherine O’Hara), and their goth daughter, Lydia (Winona Ryder), the only woman to see ghosts.

Since life after death involves a complex bureaucracy, the Maitlands enlist the help of obnoxious “bio-exorcist” Betelgeuse (Keaton) to scare the Dietz family.

The film ends with the Deetz and Maitland families living in uneasy harmony at home.

The sequel’s producers haven’t revealed much about the plot, but Keaton, Ryder and O’Hara will return, reprising their roles. Jenna Ortega will join the cast as Lydia’s daughter, Astrid, and Justin Theroux has also joined the cast as a mysterious character named Rory. Monica Bellucci and Willem Dafoe participated in the group.

Catherine O’Hara (from left), Jenna Ortega, Winona Ryder and Justin Theroux in a scene from the “Beetlejuice” sequel. Parisa Taghizadeh/Warner Bros.
The poster of the long-awaited sequel “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” promises that the film will be released in September. ©Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

Burton told the outlet that the sequel picks up decades later, after a death in the family.

“Something happens that speeds things up,” he teased.

For Burton, the emotional highlight of the sequel was Lydia growing up and reuniting with her mother and her daughter.

Michael Keaton in the original “Beetlejuice.” ©Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection
Michael Keaton as the slimy Betelgeuse (center). ©Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

“I identified a lot with the character of Lydia, but then you arrive all these years later, and you do your own journey, from cool teen to lame adult, back and forth,” she told the outlet.

“He made it emotional, gave it a foundation. So that’s what really got me into it.

“He just got back in costume,” Burton said of seeing Keaton back in costume. It was scary for someone who probably didn’t have much interest in doing it. It was a beautiful thing for me to see all the actors, but he, like some demon possessed, immediately went back into it.

Winona Ryder (from left), Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones in the original “Beetlejuice”. ©Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

Burton said that he put forward several different plot ideas for the sequel.

“We talked about many different things. That was in the early days when we were going, ‘Beetlejuice and the Haunted Mansion,’ ‘Beetlejuice Goes West,’ whatever. A lot of things came up.”

“Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” will be released in theaters on September 6, 2024.

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