Jenna Ortega stars in Beetlejuice 2 from Tim Burton
Actress Jenna Ortega She’s been getting a lot of buzz lately for her role as Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s hit series “Wednesday,” executive produced by Tim Burton, who directed several episodes of the first season. Now it looks like Ortega is reuniting with Burton on another famous IP. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ortega is currently “circulating” to star in Burton’s long-awaited “Beetlejuice” sequel.
Jenna Ortega could potentially star in Beetlejuice 2
Burton has been looking for a sequel to the horror-comedy classic for a long time. The “Batman” director is expected to return behind the camera and direct the sequel, with Michael Keaton returning to his iconic role as the wacky, irreverent bio-exorcist Beetlejuice.
THR notes that Ortega’s role would be the daughter of Lydia Deetz, played by Winona Ryder in the 1988 film. The project is scheduled to launch in London in late May or early June. The film’s budget has not been set, which is said to have caused a back-and-forth between the parties.
Ortega seems to be in high demand right now, since last year’s ‘Scream’ sequel. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film ‘X’ and of course the Netflix film ‘Wednesday’. Her latest film is “Scream VI,” opening Friday, March 10, where she reprises her role as Tara Carpenter in the slasher-horror franchise. The film is likely to open yet another big box office for the franchise and is expected to be the biggest in the franchise’s history.
The original “Beetlejuice” also starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jordan and Catherine O’Hara. The film was successful. This later led to Keaton and Burton working together again for the 1989 film ‘Batman’, which was a worldwide hit. Burton had been looking for a sequel to “Beetlejuice” for some time, and several writers had jumped at the chance to write the script.
Interestingly, Keaton will also reprise his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne in this summer’s “The Flash,” which opens in June. This will be Keaton’s first appearance as the iconic DC comic book superhero since 1992’s “Batman Returns,” also directed by Burton.
If Ortega joins the cast, it makes a lot of sense given his popular and hyped performance in “Wednesday.” The first season of the series was a huge success among viewers. As reported by The Blast, December’s “Wednesday” drew the second-highest ratings ever on the Nielsen streaming chart. Last November, the show became the third most-watched English-language show in Netflix history.
The series with amazing ratings paid off for the series. Netflix quickly renewed it in January, less than two months after it debuted on the streamer.
The fifth film “Scream” was also a big success for Ortega. The film earned $81 million at the domestic box office and $137 million worldwide. The film was also well received by critics, receiving 76% Rotten tomatoes.
Burton’s “Beetlejuice 2” doesn’t have a release date yet, but it appears to be in active pre-production. Also, Warner Bros. Discovery has yet to confirm Ortega’s casting.