Jenny Ortega has entered into negotiations to star in Tim Burton’s ‘Beetlejuice’ follow-up.
Ortega is in talks to play the daughter of Lydia Deetz, portrayed by Winona Ryder in the original film. Michael Keaton is also set to reprise his role as the title character.
Talks of a sequel surfaced in 2013 when Keaton confirmed that he and Burton were talking about doing a sequel. Burton said in 2014 that he missed the character of Beetlejuice, saying, “There’s only one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael.
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Having been in the works been Warner Bros. for a number of years before Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B officially boarded it in February of last year. The original film ‘Beetlejuice’ centres on Charles (Jeffrey Jones), Delia (Catherine O’Hara) and Lydia Deetz (Ryder), who inhabit a home previously occupied by the Maitlands (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis). The Maitlands died in a car accident, but their ghost selves want to re-inhabit their former house, recruiting Beetlejuice (Keaton), a “bio-exorcist,” to scare away the Deetzes.
Ortega is best known for her role as Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s recent series reboot ‘Wednesday’ in which she has previously worked alongside Burton.