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Monica Bellucci Joins "Beetlejuice 2"


Fri 12 May 2023 | 03:33 PM
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Italian actress Monica Bellucci has joined the highly-anticipated sequel to "Beetlejuice" as the wife of Michael Keaton's devious ghoul.

There is little information available about the follow-up to Tim Burton’s 1988 movie about a pesky poltergeist, but the filmmaker is returning with Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice and Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz.

Additional cast members include “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega as the daughter of Ryder’s character, as well as Justin Theroux in a yet-to-be-revealed role.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who worked with Burton on “Wednesday,” penned the screenplay. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing the sequel.

Production is expected to commence this month.

In the first movie, a recently deceased married couple (played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) are impossibly irked by the new family (Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones play the parents and Ryder portrays their teenage daughter) that moved into their home.

They contact Beetlejuice, a devious ghost from the Netherworld, who promises to help them haunt the house’s new inhabitants.

A critical and commercial hit, “Beetlejuice” grossed $74.7 million and inspired a Tony-nominated stage musical. After a four-year run, which was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the show closed on Broadway in January.

“Beetlejuice 2” will be released on the big screen on Sept. 6, 2024. It opens on the same day as Marvel’s “Blade”, a comic book adventure starring Mahershala Ali.