Beetlejuice 2: Release date, cast & everything we know

Eleni Thomas
Jenna Ortega and a poster for Beetlejuice

Here’s everything you need to know about Beetlejuice 2, the follow-up to the iconic 1980s film, including its release date, cast, plot speculation, and additional information.

When many think of iconic gothic-influenced horror films, the original Beetlejuice is usually right at the top of everyone’s list.

The film, which stars Michael Keaton in one of his most notable roles, has managed to hold interest due to its cult classic status, counter-cultural aesthetic, and a somewhat recent musical adaptation that’s been on and off Broadway since 2018.

What’s more, director Tim Burton will be back to direct the sequel, adding extra excitement to its development and the hope that it will be just as scary and whacky as the first film. With that being said, here is everything you need to know about Beetlejuice 2 ahead of its release.


Beetlejuice 2 release date: When will the sequel come out?

We can now confirm that Beetlejuice 2 is set to release on September 6, 2024.

Filming began on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, in the UK, and had halted production days away from finishing due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. However, as of November 30, after the strikes’ end, filming has now wrapped.

Casting details for Beetlejuice 2: Who will be in the film?

While so far only a select number of cast members have been confirmed, the names that are already attached offer up hope that the sequel will be able to live up to the original.

First and foremost, both Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder will be reprising their roles as Beetlejuice and Lydia respectively. As well as this, Wednesday and Scream star Jenna Ortega has been cast in the film and will play Lydia’s daughter. According to CriticalOverlord on Twitter (X), Ortega’s character is named Astrid. She attends boarding school and hates her mother’s supernatural show.

As for other cast members, stars of the macabre screen include Willem Dafoe, who will be playing an afterlife law enforcement officer. During an interview with Variety, DaFoe gave fans an insight into his character stating, “I play a police officer in the afterlife, so I’m a dead person. And in life I was a B-movie action star, but I had an accident and that’s what sent me to the other side. “

“But because of my skills, I became a detective character in the afterlife. So that’s my job. But it’s colored by the fact of who I was [when I was alive]: a B movie action star.”

Justin Theroux has also joined the cast as the supposed character Rory. Information circualting online claim the character will be the villain and Lydia’s manager/fiancé. He ties to tie the know on Halloween.

Of course, Tim Burton will return to the director’s chair, which has made fans very excited at the prospect of a sequel.

Be sure to check back in with this section as we updated it when more actors sign on to Beetlejuice 2.

Beetlejuice 2 plot details: What will it be about?

At the time of writing, little has been confirmed about the plot of Beetlejuice 2 – but we do have some theories here. Recent reports claim Lydia is the host of a supernatural show, with Rory as her manager/fiancé. Rory is specualted to be the villain with Beettlejuice coming to help Lydia and Astrid.

However, for those who have not seen the original 1980s film for some time, here is a quick recap of what happened in the first Beetlejuice movie.

In the first film, a recently deceased married couple (played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) find themselves frustrated impossibly by the new family that has moved into their house. The family in question is played by Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Ryder (who plays their teenage daughter).

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Winona Ryder’s star catapulted thanks to Beetlejuice and other great roles.

In an effort to get rid of the family, the couple contacts Beetlejuice, an evil and terrifying ghost from the Netherworld, to help them haunt the house’s new inhabitants.

Beetlejuice 2 trailers: Is there a trailer?

The first trailer for Beetlejuice 2 was released on March 21, 2024 and can be seen below:

Be sure to check back in with this section as we update with all the latest clips for you.

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