The writer of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel, Seth Grahame-Smith, said that the much anticipated series would be taking place in present day, which leaves people to wonder whether new actors will be cast or the old ones will remain.
Geena Davis, who played the role of the female ghost, Barbara Maitland, expressed her interest in returning for the sequel.
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“I did hear that it's really happening. No one's talked to me about it. I would love to! That was one of my favorite movies, too... but ghosts probably don’t age, and it’s going to be 30 years now. Of course, I haven’t aged, but I think Alec Baldwin maybe has aged, perhaps,” Davis said. Alec Baldwin, who played Barbara's husband Adam Maitland, has not been approached about the sequel either.
But a few months ago, Winona Ryder, who played the role of Lydia Deetz in the original series, confirmed that she would be part of the sequel. “Um, I think I can confirm it, because Tim Burton did this interview – like, it was very hush hush, top secret… and then he was doing some press for Big Eyes and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah we’re doing it and Winona’s going to be in it,’” Ryder said.
Reportedly, Michael Keaton, who was also in the original series, would be coming back.
Although Davis has not been approached for the role, a lot could happen as filming has not begun yet. Smith only revealed that there would be less of the original Beetlejuice that could be expected in the sequel.
According to reports, filming might start around the end of 2015 but a 2016 release date is uncertain. Tim Burton will be focusing his time on the film adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is slated to be released next year.