Jenna Ortega's Beetlejuice Sequel: Release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Everything You Need to Know

Parisa Taghizadeh

The countdown for the Beetlejuice sequel starring Jenna Ortega — officially titled Beetlejuice Beetlejuice — is on, and new details about the movie keep pouring in.

Since the premiere of the original movie back in 1988, Tim Burton's Beetlejuice has reached cult status, going as far as getting musical and animated adaptations. Whispers about a potential sequel have been swirling around for literally a decade, but it wasn't until CinemaCon 2023 that Beetlejuice 2 was confirmed to be in active development with Brad Pitt’s Plan B company.

<h1 class="title">Advance poster for BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE, the sequel to 1988's BEETLEJUICE, teasing it's September 6, 2024, release.</h1><cite class="credit">©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection</cite>

Advance poster for BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE, the sequel to 1988's BEETLEJUICE, teasing it's September 6, 2024, release.

©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

Shortly after the sequel was confirmed, it was announced that Jenna Ortega had landed a titular role in the movie, starring as the daughter of Winona Ryder's iconic character, Lydia Deetz. This marks the second time Ortega and Burton work together after the director also tapped her in the leading role of sardonic Wednesday Addams for Netflix's Wednesday, which immediately became a hit on the streamer.

Related: You Probably Missed This Beetlejuice Reference on Netflix's Wednesday

As we gear closer and closer to its release, find out everything you need to know about Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, including details about its plot, cast, and release date, as well as updates on trailer, production, and more. Keep reading for it all, or jump to your preferred section using the arrows below.

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Is there a Beetlejuice Beetlejuice trailer?

On March 21, the first teaser trailer for Beetlejuice Beetlejuice finally arrived. The clip is set to a children's choir's rendition of Harry Belafonte's “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," a callback to one of the most iconic scenes in the original film. We see Jenna Ortega in a state of discovery: biking across the infamous red bridge, uncovering the scale model of Winter River, Connecticut that belonged to Adam Maitland, and… unknowingly summoning Beetlejuice. “The juice is loose,” Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice says to Winona Ryder's Lydia. See the full teaser above.


When is Beetlejuice Beetlejuice coming out?

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is slated to hit theaters on September 6, 2024, as previously confirmed by Warner Bros.

Are there any first-look photos for Beetlejuice Beetlejuice?

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Parisa Taghizadeh

Yes! On March 20, 2024, Warner Bros. released the first two pictures from Beetlejuice Beetlejuice via Entertainment Weekly. The first picture shows Michael Keaton back in his iconic striped suit as if no time has passed.

The second picture shows Catherine O'Hara as Delia Deetz, Jenna Ortega as Astrid Deetz, Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz, and Justin Theroux as Rory in the middle of what appears to be a burial — maybe Charles Deetz's?

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Parisa Taghizadeh

That would certainly track with what EW reported about a death in the family setting things in motion. Judging by the fact that this appears to be a Deetz family affair, maybe Theroux is also a Deetz? Rory Deetz? Or perhaps he's a mortician or funeral arranger? We will find out soon enough.


What will Beetlejuice Beetlejuice be about?

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is the sequel to the popular 1988 movie starring Michael Keaton as the titular "bio-exorcist" Beetlejuice and Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz alongside Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as ghost couple Adam and Barbara Maitland. Though plot details are being kept under wraps, we know Beetlejuice Beetlejuice will follow the story of Lydia Deetz's daughter. played by Jenna Ortega, to a certain extent.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Tim Burton, who directed the first movie, confirmed Beetlejuice Beetlejuice will center on “bringing together three generations of Deetz women,” putting the focus on Lydia. "I so identified with the Lydia character, but then you get to all these years later, and you take your own journey, going from cool teenager to lame adult, back and forth again," he said. "That made it emotional, gave it a foundation. So that was the thing that really truly got [sold into doing a sequel]."

In the same interview, Burton also revealed the sequel takes place decades after the first film after there's a death in the Deetz family. "That's all I will say," Burton said, teasing that “there's something that happens that sets things in motion.” We see part of this funeral in the first teaser trailer and in the first-look photos mentioned above, with Delia, Astrid, Lydia, and Rory standing at a casket.

Tim Burton on set for the original Beetlejuice movie in 1988.

BEETLEJUICE, director Tim Burton, 1988, ©Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Tim Burton on set for the original Beetlejuice movie in 1988.
©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

Prior to confirming Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, Burton had expressed his feelings to work on a sequel a while back but admitted he'd only do it under “the right circumstances" since Beetlejuice is not the type of movie that needs a sequel.

The director also said he would only even consider making a follow-up if Michael Keaton reprised his role, and luckily for him, he was on board… since 2014. “I [have] always said that [a Beetlejuice sequel] is the one thing I’d like to do again if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another,” the actor reportedly said a decade ago.

<h1 class="title">Michael Keaton as BEETLEJUICE in 1988's BEETLEJUICE.</h1><cite class="credit">©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection</cite>

Michael Keaton as BEETLEJUICE in 1988's BEETLEJUICE.

©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is based on a story by writer Seth Grahame-Smith, who had reportedly been working on his script since at least 2012 before it was confirmed in 2015 that he was also counting on Keaton to even consider bringing the story back. Screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who also worked with Burton on Wednesday as co-creators, writers, and executive producers, have been tapped to pen the final Beetlejuice Beetlejuice screenplay.

During an interview with the BFI, Burton admitted Beetlejuice Beetlejuice will be faithful to the original Beetlejuice in more ways than others since it won't really be on CGI. “We ended up doing the same idea – no digital effects, puppets, strings, wires, makeup, and tried to shoot it with the same spirit; with all these actors, they’re so good at improv,” the director revealed. “Working with these people again, and seeing them all, it was very emotional for me. Again, just going back to the old, same puppets and techniques. It goes back to the good old days.” (Keaton later praised the sequel's “handmade” feel in an interview with People.)


Who is in the cast of Beetlejuice Beetlejuice?

As mentioned above, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder will reprise their roles as Beetlejuice and goth icon Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. Catherine O'Hara is also coming back as Lydia's stepmother, Delia Deetz. The Deetz family will keep expanding with Jenna Ortega playing Lydia Deetz’s daughter — more details on her character below.

<h1 class="title">BEETLEJUICE, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, and Jeffrey Jones in character for 1988's BEETLEJUICE</h1><cite class="credit">©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection</cite>

BEETLEJUICE, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, and Jeffrey Jones in character for 1988's BEETLEJUICE

©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

Justin Theroux, Willem Dafoe, and Burn Gorman also joined the cast of Beetlejuice Beetlejuice in still-undisclosed roles. On March 20, 2024, Entertainment Weekly reported Theroux's character is named Rory, but any other details are still being kept under wraps. And, per IMDb, famed Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci will portray Beetlejuice's wife.


What character does Jenna Ortega play in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice?

Jenna Ortega will play Lydia Deetz’s daughter in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. Though details about her character are tightly protected, the actor did slip and reveal her character's name — which is Astrid Deetz — during her Vanity Fair's 2024 Hollywood Issue interview — where she also spilled a bunch of details about season 2 of Netflix's Wednesday.

<h1 class="title"> Jenna Ortega and Tim Burton attend the world premiere of Netflix's Wednesday at Hollywood Legion Theater on November 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. </h1><cite class="credit">Amy Sussman/GA/Getty Images</cite>

Jenna Ortega and Tim Burton attend the world premiere of Netflix's Wednesday at Hollywood Legion Theater on November 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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“I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I am Lydia Deetz’s daughter,” Ortega told VF. “She’s weird, but in a different way and not in the way you’d assume, I would say. The relationship between Lydia 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.” Ortega continued by saying her character is not "bright and sunny at all.”

<h1 class="title">Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice and Winona Ryderas Lydia Deetz in the 1988 film BEETLEJUICE</h1><cite class="credit">©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection</cite>

Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice and Winona Ryderas Lydia Deetz in the 1988 film BEETLEJUICE

©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

"[Astrid] doesn’t go to the opposite end of the spectrum, but any kid who becomes a teenager wants to be removed from their parents. I think they instantly just fight whatever it is that their parent loves. So I think it’s a little bit of that. I’m not wearing pink and a cheerleader, but I am a little bit against my mom’s history or past. We butt heads quite a bit,” Ortega added. (In contrast to her character, she thinks “Lydia is the coolest ever,” so having to side-eye her was “challenging” but “super fun.”)


Is Beetlejuice Beetlejuice done filming?

Per Variety, Beetlejuice Beetlejuice began production in London on May 10, 2023, and wrapped filming in late 2023. However, it was not without some hiccups.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice was one of the many projects whose production was interrupted by the Hollywood strikes. In fact, the movie was shut down just before it reached its finish line. “We had two days left of production that got interrupted,” Ortega revealed to VF. “As soon as the strike ended, I got a phone call, ‘Jenna, congratulations. The strike is over.’ And then 20 minutes later, I got a call, ‘Hey, Jenna, we’re booking your flight for four days from now. Where are you? When are you going to be available?’ We had to go back to shoot so quickly.” (You can see videos from Ortega's return to set here.)

<h1 class="title">Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in 1988's BEETLEJUICE</h1><cite class="credit">©Warner Bros/courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection</cite>

Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in 1988's BEETLEJUICE

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A lot of filming for Beetlejuice Beetlejuice took place in East Corinth, Vermont. “They rebuilt Winter River, which was insane,” Ortega said about the '80s-inspired set. “We were able to finish all of our Winter River stuff so that when the strike hit, they could take it all down. I remember it being super-weird energy on set the last week. For a lot of the cast that was revisiting Vermont, it felt weird to rush such a sentimental moment for them, seeing that house again and being together and calling each other by the same names again. But for the most part, up until the very last day, I felt like the shoot was a celebration of everyone being back together and doing practical effects again. It was probably the happiest I had ever seen Tim on a set, where he’s clapping at the monitor and shouting and laughing, which was really, really endearing.”


This story will continue to be updated as more news about Beetlejuice Beetlejuice breaks.

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