Tim Burton’s ‘Beetlejuice 2’ Set for 2024 Release: Original Stars to Return

Highlights:

  • “Beetlejuice 2” confirmed for a September 6, 2024 release, with Tim Burton directing and Michael Keaton leading the cast.
  • Original stars Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara join new talent including Jenna Ortega and Willem Dafoe.
  • Anticipation builds as the sequel promises to blend classic dark humor with practical effects, honoring the 1988 original’s legacy.

A Long-Awaited Sequel

The eagerly anticipated sequel to Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice” is slated for a grand unveiling in 2024, marking the end of a 36-year intermission since the original film first captured imaginations. Warner Bros. has set the premiere for “Beetlejuice 2” on September 6, 2024, following Tim Burton’s update that the film’s production has concluded.

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A Star-Studded Cast

This sequel reunites the acclaimed duo—Tim Burton and Michael Keaton—as they aim to recapture the darkly comedic charm and whimsical spirit that solidified the original as a cult classic. “I’m thrilled to be back as Beetlejuice. He’s one of my favorite characters ever. Working with Tim again was a blast. I think the fans will love the sequel as much as the original,” Keaton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Actor/ActressRole
Michael KeatonBetelgeuse (pronounced “Beetlejuice”)
Winona RyderLydia Deetz
Catherine O’HaraDelia Deetz
Jenna OrtegaAstrid Deetz, Lydia’s daughter
Monica BellucciBetelgeuse’s wife
Willem DafoeA ghost detective who, in life, was a B movie action star
Justin TherouxA mysterious new character

Keaton is set to reprise his role as the mischievous and irreverent poltergeist, Beetlejuice, with Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara returning to their roles as Lydia, the archetype of gothic adolescence, and Delia, her uniquely eccentric stepmother.

Joining the legacy cast is a cadre of new talents ready to infuse the narrative with contemporary energy. Jenna Ortega will take on the role of Lydia’s daughter, adding her rising acclaim to the film’s allure. Monica Bellucci is cast as Beetlejuice’s wife, promising to weave a new thread into the fabric of the storyline. Furthermore, Willem Dafoe is set to portray a ghostly detective, bringing his distinctive flair to the spectral world.

A Mysterious Plot

Details of the sequel’s plot remain under wraps, but anticipation is surging for a narrative that interlaces Beetlejuice’s anarchic humor with the intersecting lives of the living and the dead. In keeping with Burton’s artisanal style, the film is committed to featuring a rich array of practical effects, maintaining the hands-on creativity that is a hallmark of Burton’s filmmaking ethos.

A Cinematic Event

The fervor surrounding “Beetlejuice 2” is palpable, as the film has sparked considerable excitement among both devotees and critics. The original film was a critical and commercial success in 1988, earning $74 million at the domestic box office and receiving an Academy Award for Best Makeup.

As one of the most anticipated sequels in cinematic history, “Beetlejuice 2” promises to revive the beloved and hilarious essence of the original film. It invites audiences to delve into a new chapter that will honor the timeless narrative that has charmed viewers for nearly four decades.

The collaboration between Burton and Keaton heralds a momentous occasion in film, promising to redefine the blend of horror and comedy with their distinctive touch—a spectacle that is undoubtedly worth the wait.

The strike concluded in early November 2023, and on November 30, Burton announced on Instagram that filming had officially concluded.

Beetlejuice 2 Trailer

As of now, there’s no official trailer for “Beetlejuice 2.” However, amidst rumors and speculation, it’s anticipated that a trailer will likely debut in early 2024. Given the film’s release date set for September 2024, a trailer is expected to emerge beforehand.