“Wednesday” Star Jenna Ortega in Talks to Star in Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice 2”
Jenna Ortega and Tim Burton are becoming quite the potent duo. The Wednesday star is circling Burton’s Beetlejuice 2, the long-awaited sequel to his 1988 comedy that starred Michael Keaton as a malicious spirit trying to help a pair of recently deceased husband and wife (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) and scare some people out of their former house.
The Hollywood Reporter scoops that multiple sources have confirmed that Ortega is looking seriously at a role in the film. This news comes as Ortega is set to have a huge weekend, first, with her returning role as Tara Carpenter in Scream VI and then with her debut hosting performance on Saturday Night Live.
Beetlejuice 2 is expected to find both Burton and Keaton returning, with a production beginning in late May or early June and set to film in London. THR says that Ortega would be playing the daughter of Lydia, the moody but un-spookable teen that Winona Ryder played in the 1988 original.
The potential sequel has been bandied about for years, with Burton himself unsure if he’d return to direct or even be involved in the film. Yet now, on the heels of his smashing success with Ortega in Netflix’s Wednesday, which Burton directed, the time is apparently ripe. And Ortega is a star on the rise who clearly relishes her opportunity to work with Burton.
Here’s hoping we get to see Ortega in Beetlejuice 2, and, if we’re allowed to be greedy, that Winona Ryder returns and the two get to share the screen together as mother and daughter.
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Featured image: Jenna Ortega (“Tara”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream.” Photo by Brownie Harris.