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Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice 1988 courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures
Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice 1988 courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures
Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice 1988 courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

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Jenna Ortega Helps Wrap Production on Long-Awaited Beetlejuice Sequel

NOTE: This article is 7 months old and may not include the most recent information.

The spirits are high on the set of the highly-anticipated follow up to Tim Burton’s beloved supernatural comedy. Beetlejuice 2 has officially wrapped production, the director himself confirmed earlier today.

After being derailed by this summer’s industry strikes, the stars have finally aligned to complete filming on the sequel. Burton shared a cheeky behind-the-scenes snap to commemorate the occasion and thank his cast and crew for sticking it out.

Reprising their roles from the 1988 classic are Michael Keaton as the titular poltergeist, along with Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara. Rising scream queen Jenna Ortega joins the fun alongside fellow new additions Willem Dafoe, Monica Bellucci and Justin Theroux. Plot details are still under wraps, but sources previously let slip that Ortega will play Lydia’s (Ryder) daughter.

Cameras started rolling in May, just as the writers strike kicked off. Luckily, the script had already been penned by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the masterminds behind Wednesday. The production narrowly avoided the SAG-AFTRA strike this summer, shutting down with only a couple of days left to shoot. Burton later told The Independent, “I feel grateful we got what we got, literally it was a day and a half…We know what we have to do. It is 99 percent done.”

For Keaton, stepping back into the striped suit has been a blast. He raved to Empire, “Beetlejuice is the most f***in’ fun you can have working…We’re doing it exactly like we did the first movie. There’s a woman in the great waiting room for the afterlife literally with a fishing line — I want people to know this because I love it — tugging on the tail of a cat to make it move.”

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We’ll see if Keaton’s creepy, kooky creation can work his magic once more when Beetlejuice 2 hits theaters on September 6, 2024.

Trevor Decker
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