Willem Dafoe Joins Jenna Ortega in ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel

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Tim Burton is set on bringing a classic franchise back to the silver screen with his work on a Beetlejuice sequel. The cast has been growing quite a bit as of late, as the film has already started production. It’s unclear if the script was finished in advance given the WGA strike but we’ll have to see if anything changes. That still isn’t stopping the return of adding to its cast with some heavy hitters. Michael Keaton is back in the titular role and is joined by Jenna Ortega, who will play the daughter of Winona Ryder’s character, who is also returning.

As of now, the cast has also added Catherine O’Hara alongside Justin Theroux and Monica Belluci. Yet, that isn’t all as the news has just dropped that Willem Dafoe has seemingly also joined the production. The exact details on his character are scarce, but he may be playing a law enforcement officer in the afterlife, but it’s unclear if he has that role or simply is a cop that may be living.

The film is eyeing a September 2024 release, which was Marvel Studios’ original release date for Blade. Though that film halted pre-production due to the strike, it’s not a good showcase that this film is moving forward. It’s also funny to see some typecasting for this film as Ortega continues to gather all gothic franchises under her belt after her recent breakout hit Wednesday. It’ll be interesting to see her dynamic opposite Ryder.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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