Winona Ryder To Return as Lydia in 'Beetlejuice 2'

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:52 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Winona Ryder To Return as Lydia in 'Beetlejuice 2'

Twenty-five years and many a failed attempt since Betelgeuse first declared himself the ghost with the most, a Beetlejuice sequel actually looks likely.

Fears of a decades-later sequel fiasco can rest a little bit easier today, as it looks like Winona Ryder will reprise her role as Lydia Deetz, joining co-star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton on Beetlejuice.

A month ago, the whole world shook at its very foundations when word emerged that Burton is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct another supernatural comedy featuring the exorcist of the living.  Keaton has consistently voiced a willingness to return as the titular character, and reports suggest that he will indeed don the black and white striped suit again.

Once everyone wrapped their heads around the idea of Burton directing Keaton in another Beetlejuice, we all wondered if Ryder would also go goth again as Lydia.  Ryder kinda-sorta answered that question herself, telling The Daily Beast, "I'm kind of sworn to secrecy, but it sounds like it might be happening."

"It's not a remake," she said, going on to express her affection for the character she first played at age seventeen. "It's twenty-seven years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing twenty-seven years later."

Ryder, who recently worked with Burton on his stop-motion feature Frankenweenie, also acknowledged the trepidation of many a fan, saying, "It's a very precious movie to people. So there are a lot people like, 'DON'T.'"

"I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael," she said. "Because those guys, I love."

After the first film, Burton's sophomore feature, became a hit in 1988, Warner Bros. kicked off development on a sequel entitled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.  An animated series featuring Beetlejuice and Lydia as good buddies ran for four seasons, but the studio was never able to properly franchise BeetlejuiceTwo years ago, Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith signed on to write the script for a sequel that would "reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original."

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