Willem Dafoe, the acclaimed actor, has recently joined the star-studded lineup of Beetlejuice 2. The highly anticipated sequel, produced by Warner Bros., has commenced production this week under the direction of Tim Burton, who helmed the original film released in 1988.
Jenna Ortega takes the lead in the cast, while the iconic Michael Keaton reprises his role as the mischievous ghost, Beetlejuice. Winona Ryder also returns to the franchise, portraying Ortega’s mother. Additionally, Catherine O’Hara, a beloved member of the original cast, will be reprising her role. Joining the ensemble are talented newcomers Justin Theroux and Monica Bellucci. The film promises to bring together a captivating blend of familiar faces and fresh talent to delight audiences once again.
Although specific details about the plot remain tightly guarded, it has been revealed that Dafoe will portray a character in Beetlejuice 2 who serves as a law enforcement officer in the realm beyond death. While further information is being kept under wraps, it suggests an intriguing dynamic in the afterlife setting of the film. Fans can anticipate Dafoe’s portrayal of this enigmatic character to add depth and intrigue to the storyline.
Warner Bros. has officially announced that Beetlejuice 2 is set to hit theaters on September 6, 2024, taking over the release date previously occupied by Marvel’s Blade, which faced delays due to the ongoing writers’ strike.
The highly anticipated sequel is being produced by Tim Burton and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, along with other notable production partners. Al Gough and Miles Millar, the talented creators of the popular Wednesday Netflix series featuring Jenna Ortega, have penned the screenplay for Beetlejuice 2.
Willem Dafoe, who has recently impressed audiences with his performances in Robert Eggers’ The Northman and his return as the iconic Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home, has joined the cast. His upcoming projects include Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, which is set to premiere at Cannes, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ intriguing film Poor Things. Additionally, Dafoe has collaborated once again with Eggers for the vampire thriller Nosferatu.
Dafoe is represented by WME and Circle of Confusion, and the news of his casting was first reported by Giant Freakin Robot.
With this exciting update, fans can eagerly anticipate the return of Beetlejuice to the big screen, accompanied by an impressive ensemble cast and the creative vision of Tim Burton.