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Beetlejuice 2: Details and release date, as Michael Keaton's iconic suit returns

Returning: Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder will reprise their roles as Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz (Warner Bros.)
Returning: Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder will reprise their roles as Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz (Warner Bros.)

Michael Keaton’s iconic striped suit will be making a comeback in Beetlejuice 2 - the long-awaited sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 horror comedy.

The director and star have confirmed their return as have former cast members Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara, while Italian actress Monica Bellucci is also attached.

The original film saw a recently deceased couple return to their former home as ghosts and contact Beetlejuice, a "bio-exorcist" from the Netherworld, to help scare away the new inhabitants.

Michael Keaton’s devious and wisecracking character gained a cult following with his suit becoming famous in its own right, and costume designer Colleen Atwood saying it is only right that it should return.

“Beetlejuice has to have a striped suit,” she told comicbook.com

“It's like doing Alice in Wonderland needs a blue dress. How long they wear it is another thing. But Beetlejuice, that is the quintessential Beetlejuice.”

She added that Keaton had argued back, saying the character is better known for a burgundy tux.

“The world happens to disagree with him,” Atwood added. “It’s a funny thing.”

What is the release date for Beetlejuice 2?

According to Warner Bros, Beetlejuice 2 will hit cinemas on September 6, 2024.

The existence of Beetlejuice 2 has long been rumoured, with early reports of it appearing in 2011. In 2014, Keaton acknowledged speaking to Burton about it, and, in 2017, Burton declared that the sequel was “closer than ever”.

Who is in the cast for Beetlejuice 2?

Beetlejuice is returning with Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice and Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz.

Other cast members include Wednesday star Jenna Ortega as the daughter of Ryder’s character, Monica Bellucci as Beetlejuice’s wife as well as Willem Dafoe and Justin Theroux in unspecified roles.

It has not been said that Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis will be returning, having played the recently deceased couple in the original. Baldwin currently has four films in post production, including Rust - for which he was involved in a legal tussle over the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on set.

What is the plot of Beetlejuice 2?

Little has been given away so far about the plot. Production commenced in May with Seth Grahame-Smith having written the screen plan and Brad Pitt’s company Plan B producing it.