SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Star Willem Dafoe Reveals Who He's Playing In BEETLEJUICE 2

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Star Willem Dafoe Reveals Who He's Playing In BEETLEJUICE 2 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Star Willem Dafoe Reveals Who He's Playing In BEETLEJUICE 2

Willem Dafoe, who made a huge impression as the returning Norman Osborn in Spider-Man: No Way Home, has revealed details about the character he'll play in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice sequel...

By MarkCassidy - Nov 28, 2023 04:11 PM EST
Filed Under: No Way Home
Source: Via FearHQ.com

Recent photos from the set of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice 2 have given us a glimpse of returning stars Michael Keaton as the titular Ghost with the Most and Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz, as well as Jenna Ortega as.Lydia's estranged daughter, Astrid. But fellow new cast member Willem Dafore was nowhere to be seen.

Previous reports have indicated that the Spider-Man: No Way Home star would play an "afterlife cop," and Dafoe confirmed as much during an interview with Variety, while also sharing some intriguing new details on his character.

"I haven’t seen any footage yet, but it was fun to do," Dafoe said of shooting the horror comedy sequel. "I play a police officer in the afterlife, so I’m a dead person. And in life I was a B-movie action star, but I had an accident and that’s what sent me to the other side. But because of my skills, I became a detective character in the afterlife. So that’s my job. But it’s colored by the fact of who I was [when I was alive]: a B movie action star."

Dafoe was also asked about his role as Dr. Godwin Baxter in Yorgos Lanthimos' Poor Things, which has been getting rave reviews across the board.

"I was surrounded by all this beautiful [Victorian] detail in this complete world; and also great cast, great script. Also looking at these videos of Alasdair Gray who wrote the novel. I don’t know this for a fact, but I think there’s a lot of Alasdair Gray in that character. And he’s quite an amusing guy. He’s eccentric, he’s intellectual, he’s playful. He’s a thinker; a free thinker. So I think that I was working from watching videos of him, partly. Dr. Baxter is a scientist and he’s turned his pain into a positive thing."

Dafoe has said that he'd be open to reprising the role of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in another Spider-Man movie, but we haven't had any indication that plans are in place for his return as of yet.

Beetlejuice 2 recently wrapped production, and you can check out some set videos below.

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."

Catherine O'Hara is also set to reprise her role as Lydia's mother, Delia Deetz. Other new cast members include Jenna Ortega as Astrid Deetz, Monica Bellucci as Betelgeuse's wife, 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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marvel72 - 11/28/2023, 4:20 PM
I hope this is good, it's got a great cast and Tim Burton is directing.

RolandD - 11/28/2023, 6:45 PM
@marvel72 - You gotta just love that scene right?
MisterDoctor217 - 11/28/2023, 4:32 PM
Had no idea Tim Burton was directing this !! Now I’m even more excited.

Also, still think Willem Dafoe is underrated as Green Goblin. Definitely one of the best comic book villains to grace the screen.
And he has only had 2 full appearances lol
SuperiorHeckler - 11/28/2023, 4:46 PM
@MisterDoctor217 - If only someone had managed to design a decent and representative Goblin-mask for him. 🫤 (Sorry, but Dafoe can bug his eyes out and make all the scary-faces he wants, it's not the same as a legit mask.)
bkmeijer1 - 11/28/2023, 5:54 PM
@MisterDoctor217 - I don't think he's underrated. He's pretty beloved generally even I'd argue.

But yeah, he's amongst the great CBM villain. Dafoe was great everytime he showed up (also in general it's just great when he shows up).
RolandD - 11/28/2023, 6:45 PM
@MisterDoctor217 - I also think he’s very highly regarded in this role and not underrated. as the Heckler said, his goblin costume was lacking, but not as performance.
OrgasmicPotatoe - 11/28/2023, 8:16 PM
@MisterDoctor217 - He was somehow even better in NWH than he already was in SM1. He's aged like a fine wine in the role !
MisterDoctor217 - 11/28/2023, 8:28 PM
@SuperiorHeckler -

I’m probably one of the few who actually liked the Raimi mask 😭 and tbh I loved all his expressions, he was the goblin from the comics with or without the mask
MisterDoctor217 - 11/28/2023, 8:28 PM
@bkmeijer1 -

Yes hopefully he comes back one last time
Or even better as Norman Osborne from Tom Hollad’s universe.
MisterDoctor217 - 11/28/2023, 8:29 PM
@OrgasmicPotatoe -

He truly has !! Can’t believe he hasn’t won an Oscar yet.

I also like how he doesn’t say no to even the smalles supporting role.
bkmeijer1 - 11/29/2023, 3:23 AM
@MisterDoctor217 - that could be fun, but I rather see another actor.

Either way, Holland's Peter Parker is probably not gonna trust Norman Osborn after what Dafoe's Osborn did to him. No matter which face it is
EZBeast - 11/28/2023, 4:55 PM
OT: Godzilla x kong new promotional stuff starting to pop up. The bloodied hand in both skull island and gvk looks like it may have something to do with the new enemy.
https://comicbook.com/anime/news/godzilla-x-kong-new-footage-surprise/

In more related Godzilla news Godzilla minus one continues to take in award nominations and actual awards! https://comicbook.com/anime/amp/news/godzilla-minus-one-awards-nominations-japan/

Lastly why is it so simple to get this info everywhere else besides this site? Still waiting on some invincible articles…
bkmeijer1 - 11/28/2023, 6:00 PM
@EZBeast - gotta. not. say. it.

But reading that first article, I had no idea GxK was supposed to drop so soon already. We better get some more footage/info soon.
EZBeast - 11/28/2023, 6:37 PM
@bkmeijer1 - lol I appreciate that
BruceWayng - 11/28/2023, 5:07 PM
I can’t recall off the top of my head whether Dafoe and Burton have worked together in the past but talk about a match made in freak show Heaven. Dafoe is weirder/freakier than both Depp and Keaton combined.

I do remember reading somewhere that Dafoe was on the short list to play Joker in Batman 89. Burton was also considering Tim Curry and Robin Williams-who WB famously screwed over not once…but twice.

Apparently Burton was also looking at Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin and believe it or not, Bill Murray for the Dark Knight

I would’ve loved to see Baldwin and Dafoe face off with each other. They both look pretty identical to the Batman and Joker, especially in terms of their voices. Baldwin’s Batman voice would have been perfect. Dude would’ve just needed to deflate a tad and maybe put some muscle on.
Moltenman - 11/28/2023, 5:57 PM
@BruceWayng - I may be wrong, the fog of time has clouded my memory but wasn’t Williams being looked at as the Riddler?
cyclopsprime - 11/28/2023, 7:29 PM
@Moltenman - robin Williams was up for the riddler but was still upset about being used as bait to get jack Nicholson to be cast as the joker
BruceWayng - 11/28/2023, 8:43 PM
@cyclopsprime -

JollyR - 11/28/2023, 6:14 PM
I can't wait for this movie Burtons imagination as a film maker is up there with Lucas imo

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