Hollywood Reporter reports indicate that Jenna Ortega is considering a role in Warner Bros. Beetlejuice 2, though neither the star nor the studio have commented on the rumor.
Tim Burton, who directed the original Beetlejuice film in 1988, is expected to return as director, together with star Michael Keaton. Production is expected to begin in London in May or June, say sources.
If a deal is brokered, Ortega would be playing the role of the daughter of Lydia Deetz, played in the original by Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice was the name of a “bio-exorcist” that was recruited by the ghosts of a family, the Maitlands, who wanted to scare away the Deetz family so they could re-occupy their former home.
The star of Netflix’s Wednesday, Ortega is now appearing in Paramount’s Scream VI. She also starred in the remake of Scream and in X, the hit horror flick. The actress was quoted as saying she used to have “consistent dreams” about Beetlejuice when she was a younger woman.
Ortega was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter expressing her pleasure in working with Burton: “It’s been quite an insane experience. I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with an iconic director who just so happens to be one of the sweetest directors I’ve worked with, and also the most detail-oriented.”
As far back as 2013, Keaton said that he and Burton were considering doing a sequel to the original film. Burton said the following year that “There’s only one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael. There is a script, and I would love to work with him again. I think there is now a better chance than ever… I miss that character. There’s something that’s cathartic and amazing about it.”
The original Beetlejuice movie also starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, and Catherine O’Hara. It grossed $80 million on a $15 million budget and won a best makeup award at the 1989 Oscars, plus spawning video games and a stage musical.