Beetlejuice sequel reveals first trailer featuring Michael Keaton, Jenna Ortega and Winona Ryder

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The Beetlejuice sequel is out in September.
The Beetlejuice sequel is out in September. Credit: Supplied

The Juice is loose.

The first trailer for the upcoming Beetlejuice 2 just dropped and it promises more mischievous capers from the chaos agent of beyond.

Officially named Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, the sequel sees the return of Michael Keaton in the title role as well as original cast members Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara. Newbies include Jenna Ortega, whose deadpan performance in Wednesday proves she’s perfect for Tim Burton’s cinematic world.

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Ortega plays Astrid, Ryder’s onscreen daughter. The Deetz family steps back into Winter River after a tragedy – there’s a funeral scene in the trailer – which prompts the homecoming of Beetlejuice after Astrid creeps into the attic and uncovers the model town.

It probably doesn’t need to be said, because there would be no movie without Beetlejuice, but Astrid’s actions accidentally reopens the portal to the afterlife. Mayhem ensues.

The 1988 movie was directed by Tim Burton and in addition to Burton, Ryder and O’Hara also featured Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a young couple whose spirits hire Beetlejuice to scare off the annoying family who moves into their house after their sudden deaths.

The Beetlejuice sequel is out in September.
The Beetlejuice sequel is out in September. Credit: Supplied
The Beetlejuice sequel is out in September.
Jenna Ortega plays Winona Ryder’s daughter. Credit: Supplied

The first movie also featured Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s principal Rooney), but it’s safe to assume he will not be making any surprise cameos given his 2002 arrest for possession of child pornography.

The sequel’s cast includes Willem Dafoe, Monica Bellucci, Justin Theroux and Burn Gorman. Burton is directing from a screenplay by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

Since the release of the original film, Beetlejuice spun off an animated TV series in 1989, video games and a stage musical. An Australian production will open in Melbourne in 2025.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice will be released on September 5.


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