Last week, reports did the rounds online that Beetlejuice 2 had wrapped production, and while filming was likely winding down, director Tim Burton has only just announced that he has completed principal photography on his long-awaited horror/fantasy comedy sequel.
Burton took to social media to share the news, while posting the first official behind-the-scenes photo.
The image features Burton sitting in what looks a lot like the Neitherworld waiting room from the first movie, where Barbara and Adam Maitland's spirits were transported to after their deaths and Betelgeuse was stuck in an endless queue after being eaten by the Sandworm.
Check out the photo at the link below.
Michael Keaton will reprise his role as the Ghost With the Most, and he'll be joined by Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz. Both have been spotted in set photos/videos, and a still of Keaton's Betelgeuse recently leaked online before quickly being removed at the request of the studio.
You can check out the 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, Willem Dafoe as an afterlife cop, 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.