BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE Synopsis Revealed As Star Jenna Ortega Confirms Her Role In Sequel

BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE Synopsis Revealed As Star Jenna Ortega Confirms Her Role In Sequel BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE Synopsis Revealed As Star Jenna Ortega Confirms Her Role In Sequel

Jenna Ortega has confirmed which character she'll play in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, which a leaked plot synopsis finally reveals some story details...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 25, 2024 10:02 AM EST
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Warner Bros. recently unveiled the first poster for Tim Burton's Beetlejuice sequel, which is now officially titled Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (oops), and a plot synopsis has now found its way online.

The brief story outline confirms a few things fans had already surmised from the various set photos, including the fact that the mischievous Bio-Exorcist (Michael Keaton) will once again attempt to force Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder) to marry him so he can return to the land of the living for good.

"After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return to the small Vermont town of Winter River. Paranormal empath, Lydia Deetz, begins to see the lecherous demon Beetlejuice, who haunted her as a teenager. His plans to finally marry Lydia are given extra urgency when his dead wife comes to life and begins to stalk the Afterlife hunting for him. Meanwhile, Lydia’s teenage daughter embarks on a romance with a local teen."

In related news, Jenna Ortega (Wednesday, Scream VI) has confirmed rumors that she will play Lydia's daughter, Astrid.

“I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I am Lydia Deetz’s daughter, so I’ll give that away. She’s weird, but in a different way and not in the way you’d assume, I would say. The relationship between Lydia (Ryder) and Astrid, my character, is very important. And it’s also really strange because it’s a lot of catching up and putting the pieces together of what’s gone on in Lydia’s life since, which is nice, I think, for anybody who loves the character and is excited to see her again.”

Keaton spoke about returning as the Ghost With the Most 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."

Catherine O'Hara is also set to reprise her role as Lydia's mother, Delia Deetz. Other 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.

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valmic - 2/25/2024, 10:11 AM
Jenna should have been related to Beetlejuice in some way. That would have been interesting and different.
Origame - 2/25/2024, 10:13 AM
Ok, but based on his character in the original shouldn't he be going after Astrid instead? Even if you say they want to avoid Beetlejuice being basically a pedophile, the synopsis still emphasizes he was going after Lydia when she was a teenager. So that implication is still very much still there.
IAmAHoot - 2/25/2024, 10:18 AM
@Origame - He has a history with Lydia. He still wants her. Happens in life, and now in death too.
Origame - 2/25/2024, 10:34 AM
@IAmAHoot - he didn't even know her until literally right before making the deal to marry her. Literally all he has to attach himself to her is her looks, which no offense to Winona Ryder but she's hardly kept her looks since being in Beetlejuice. Especially since Beetlejuice was portrayed as a creep.

Everything based on what we know shows he should be turning his attention to Astrid.
IAmAHoot - 2/25/2024, 10:41 AM
@Origame - He didn't go after Lydia *because* she was a teenager, she was just his way out. It's not like he needs a teen. His dead wife is played by Monica Bellucci for cryin' out loud.
RolandD - 2/25/2024, 10:45 AM
@Origame - Winona is a total old dog now. Oh, wait. Take a look.
Origame - 2/25/2024, 10:50 AM
@IAmAHoot - dude, I'm not saying he's only attracted to teens. But considering he was perfectly fine with marrying a teen and didn't try to get Lydia to cooperate during the wedding by explaining it's purely for the death equivalent of a green card, it shows he was interested in her.

Also, first of all, current Monica Bellucci vs current Winona Ryder really doesn't prove your point. Especially since this was only added for this movie, and my entire point is how this movie is contradicting the character from the original movie.
Origame - 2/25/2024, 10:52 AM
@RolandD - yeah, if you show her from the neck up.
Evansly - 2/25/2024, 10:55 AM
@Origame - She still looks great here. Not sure the issue
IAmAHoot - 2/25/2024, 11:04 AM
@Origame - I really don't see what's contradictory about his character here... from a synopsis.
Origame - 2/25/2024, 11:13 AM
@IAmAHoot - really don't see the contradiction of a pedophile going after the mom aged character as opposed to her teenaged daughter?
RolandD - 2/25/2024, 11:15 AM
@IAmAHoot - I am not sure why I can’t keep it in my mind that he’s always right and there is no sense trying to present a valid argument to him.
Origame - 2/25/2024, 1:01 PM
@RolandD - dude, stfu. Stop acting like you're in the right when claiming the pedophile in the first movie would still be interested in a woman bare minimum that looks to be in her 50s.

Why is it so hard to admit you're argument didn't convince me?
RolandD - 2/25/2024, 4:17 PM
@Origame - Oh, don’t worry about that. I already know that nobody’s arguments will convince you of anything, right or wrong, and you’re also rude as hell telling people all the time to shut up just because you don’t agree with them. Have a great day.
Origame - 2/25/2024, 4:33 PM
@RolandD - dude, you were just disrespecting me behind my back. THAT is why I was telling you to stfu.

The problem is people like you think you're entitled to changing people's minds over one comment.

I've disagreed with plenty of people on this site who I still had good respectful conversations.

How's about actually being willing to listen to what others are saying as opposed to insisting they must change their minds?
IAmAHoot - 2/26/2024, 12:25 AM
@Origame - You do come off as intentionally obstinate rather often. Just saying...
Origame - 2/26/2024, 5:19 AM
@IAmAHoot - in this case, he didn't even give me the chance to be reasonable. He gave one photo, I countered his point, then said it was pointless to even bother.

Again, learn to actually come in with an open mind. That doesn't mean coming in with the expectation anyone would change their minds. Just that you're hearing out the other side. Really shouldn't be that hard.
IAmAHoot - 2/25/2024, 10:17 AM
I'm too skeptical to see it happening, but if this movie manages to capture the feel of the first it would just be the best surprise. I have to imagine they got too caught up in the nostalgia and are going to overdo stuff that worked in the first. Happens too often in comedy sequels.
tylerzero - 2/25/2024, 10:22 AM
@IAmAHoot -

lazlodaytona - 2/25/2024, 10:19 AM
Wait a minute. That huge chunk of the synopsis is dedicated to Lydia's and Beetlejuice's current lives, but Ortega's part is then, off-the-cuff, thrown in with this?!:

"Meanwhile, Lydia’s teenage daughter embarks on a romance with a local teen."

WTF is that all about? I'd rather see much more Jenna and Beetlejuice interactions ... plus, well, it's Jenna Ortega!
IAmAHoot - 2/25/2024, 10:33 AM
@lazlodaytona - It's just a basic synopsis, relax. The original film's synopsis doesn't paint Lydia's part out to be as substantive as it was, and as Ortega's will no doubt be.

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.
lazlodaytona - 2/25/2024, 11:26 AM
@IAmAHoot - I was mostly poking fun of the fact she gets one little sentence.

I wasn't being angry. I'm sorry I came across that way. I'll put more "relax-like" comments from here on out 🤓
BillyBatson1000 - 2/25/2024, 10:25 AM
Astrid might be Beetlejuice's daughter.

A chip of the old block.

Jenna from the block.
TrentCrimm - 2/25/2024, 10:32 AM
Isn't that only 2 generations of the Deetz family?
IAmAHoot - 2/25/2024, 10:34 AM
@TrentCrimm - Catherine O'Hara is returning too.
RolandD - 2/25/2024, 10:34 AM
So the threequel will be Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice?
RolandD - 2/25/2024, 10:42 AM
Everyone is so excited for Jenna Ortega but more Winona Ryder is always a good thing. She was a hoot in her Haunted Mansion cameo.
NoAssemblyReqd - 2/25/2024, 10:45 AM
I wonder how they’ll explain the (I’m assuming) absence of Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin. Did they “move on”?
cyclopsprime - 2/25/2024, 11:16 AM
@NoAssemblyReqd - seems about right
TheLight - 2/25/2024, 11:36 AM
@NoAssemblyReqd - That's what I guessing too. Most likely they moved on earlier than was planned due to good behavior, I think it was 125 yrs they were supposed to be trapped on Earth before passing on. They basically were raising Lydia at the end of the first movie.
IAmAHoot - 2/25/2024, 12:17 PM
@NoAssemblyReqd - Do we even know if this movie is going to feature the original house? Story-wise, it may have been demolished. It was haunted after all, and witnessed. The two of them may have had to move on otherwise as a result if it was torn down?
NoAssemblyReqd - 2/25/2024, 3:24 PM
@IAmAHoot - The original house has appeared in set photos, but they could be flashbacks for all we know.
ModHaterSLADE - 2/25/2024, 12:42 PM
Ortega has charisma in spades, damn good addition to the cast.
HistoryofMatt - 2/25/2024, 12:55 PM
So I'm guessing the tragedy is Charles Deetz dies, because, you know, you obviously can't have Jeffrey Jones in this movie. As far as inciting events go, it's as good as any reason to get everyone back into the house.

I wonder how they'll deal with Adam and Barbara Maitland not being there anymore. In the original they were told they had to stay in the house for 125 years before they could move-on.
StSteven - 2/25/2024, 2:37 PM
@HistoryofMatt - Maybe they're on the spiritual equivalent of parole?

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