“Beetlejuice Beetlejuice”… Beetlejuice returns in first look at Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder

Written by on March 20, 2024

(Yahoo) –

‘s been 36 years, but once again, the juice is loose.

After reprising Batman in last year’s The FlashMichael Keaton returns to another iconic role in Entertainment Weekly‘s exclusive first look at Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, the sequel to director Tim Burton‘s cult hit.

Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara also reprise their roles as Lydia and Delia Deetz, respectively, while Burton’s Wednesday star Jenna Ortega plays Lydia’s daughter Astrid, and The Leftovers star Justin Theroux plays Rory. Further details on Rory remain under wraps for now — unlike the titular “bio-exorcist.”

The original Beetlejuice (1988) followed the recently deceased Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena DavisAlec Baldwin), who enlist the aid of the mischievous demon Beetlejuice/Betelgeuse (Keaton), to expel the current living residents of their home, the Deetz family. All hell, subsequently, breaks loose.

The sequel picks up decades later with a death in the family. “That’s all I will say,” Burton tells EW in an interview. “There’s something that happens that sets things in motion.” Could that be the death of Lydia’s father, Charles Deetz (Jeffrey Jones)? The director plays coy: “We’ll see.” One thing’s for sure, Beetlejuice comes back into play.

Burton describes getting Keaton back in the classic costume and makeup as “a weird out-of-body experience.”

“He just got back into it,” the filmmaker behind 1989’s Batman (also starring Keaton) and 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas recalls. “It was kind of scary for somebody who was maybe not that overly interested in doing it. It was such a beautiful thing for me to see all the cast, but he, sort of like demon possession, just went right back into it.”

Current track