Cameras began rolling on Tim Burton's long-awaited Bettlejuice 2 back in July, and after a taking a hiatus due to the Hollywood strikes, production has now resumed on the long-awaited legacy sequel.
We got a glimpse of one returning star, Winona Ryder (Stranger Things), as Lydia Deetz in the initial batch of set photos earlier this year, and we now have a first look at Michael Keaton as the titular Ghost with the Most!
The image is believed to have leaked online after being cropped from a shot taken from a set monitor. It shows Betelgeuse (yes, that's how the character's name is spelled) injecting someone (possibly Justin Theroux's character) in the neck with truth serum.
Keaton spoke about returning as the manic Bio-Exorcist in a recent interview with Empire.
"Beetlejuice is the most f--kin’ fun you can have working. It’s so fun, it’s so great. And you know what it is? We’re doing it exactly like we did the first movie," he says. "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."
"[Burton] and I were talking about it years and years ago, never telling anybody," he continued. "I said, ‘if it happens, first of all, we’ve both said we’re doing it many times. We both agreed, if it happens, it has to be done as close to the way we made it the first time. Making stuff up, making stuff happen, improvising and riffing, but literally handmade stuff like people creating things with their hands and building something. F--kin’ great. It’s the most fun I’ve had working on a movie in I can’t tell you how long."
Check out the image at the link below... while it's still available!
Scream and Wednesday star Jenna Ortega is also on board as Lydia's daughter, with Catherine O'Hara set to reprise her role as Delia Deetz. New cast members include Monica Bellucci as Betelgeuse's wife, Willem Dafoe as an afterlife cop, and Justin Theroux in an undisclosed role.
Wednesday creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar penned the script.
Beetlejuice 2 is set to release in theaters on Sept. 6, 2024.