Warner Bros. Unveils Striking New Poster
Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled a new poster for the film on Thursday, which revealed the title as simply a doubling of the original. The striking poster depicts a pair of hands holding a roll of ribbon with the numbers ‘09.06.24’ centered, indicating the sequel’s release date of September 6th, 2024. “Dare you to say it again,” Warner Bros. teased in the tweet announcing the news.
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) February 1, 2024
Title References Iconic Character’s Summoning
The choice to name the film ‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ references the titular ghost character played by Michael Keaton in the original. Saying Beetlejuice’s name three times in a row would summon him from the world of the dead. Keaton is reprising the wild and eccentric role that made him famous, along with Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Catherine O’Hara as Delia Deetz.
Production Wraps After Prolonged Shooting Schedule
Visionary director Tim Burton, who helmed the first film, confirmed in an Instagram post in November that principal photography had officially wrapped on the sequel after a prolonged shooting schedule. Production initially commenced in London in May 2023 but was halted for months when the Screen Actors Guild went on strike in July. Burton shared at the time that finishing the movie felt like “going back to the basics of working with good people and actors and puppets”.
Star-Studded Cast Joins Keaton, Ryder and O’Hara
The fans of the franchise are for sure going to be impressed with the cast of the sequel. The main cast of the sequel consists of such starts as:
- Jenna Ortega;
- Willem Dafoe;
- Monica Bellucci;
- Burn Gorman;
- Winona Ryder;
- Michael Keaton;
- Catherine O’Hara.
According to O’Hara, she finally gets to share scenes directly with Keaton’s Beetlejuice after only appearing with him in group shots in the original. She promises he looks just as eccentric as fans remember, joking “Beetlejuice has aged very well”.
Eager Fans Await Return to Burton’s Fantastical World
Horror comedy fans have been waiting over 3 decades for a return to the weird and fantastical world Burton created. Judging by the talent involved and the director’s return to stripping things back to the core elements, ‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ looks set to capture the same irreverent and charming spirit that made the original so beloved. The question is, will you dare to say his name three times when the film hits theaters on September 6th?