Winona Ryder’s new look for the sequel to Beetlejuice is set in 1988.
On Thursday, Ryder was seen with jet-black hair and matching black attire as she sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle shooting a scene for the next Tim Burton picture, in which she is set to reprise her role as Lydia Deetz from the original Beetlejuice.
The Tesla Ryder, 51, was rigged with camera equipment while the producers recorded a scenario depicting her character being taken away from a school by a mystery driver, according to further production images.
According to the publication, production on the new film started last Wednesday in London, with Thursday’s shooting taking place in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, north of the United Kingdom capital.
The first photograph of Stranger Things actress Winona Ryder shooting the long-awaited sequel follows a flurry of casting speculations in recent weeks; however, narrative specifics for Beetlejuice 2 remain unclear.
On September 6, 2024, 36 years after the first horror comedy, Burton will premiere the follow-up in theaters.
In Beetlejuice, Ryder costarred with Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glen Shadix, and Keaton as a sneaky ghost that helps a recently departed couple drive away an intolerable family who moved into their house.
Multiple sites claimed in March that Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega is in discussions to play Lydia’s daughter in the sequel. The Hollywood Reporter announced last Thursday that Monica Bellucci has signed on to portray Beetlejuice’s wife in the next picture, with Michael Keaton also slated to reprise his eponymous role.
The publication initially reported last week that Ryder and Catherine O’Hara would reprise their roles in the sequel, while Justin Theroux and Willem Dafoe, who will portray a law enforcement officer in the sequel, are among the new cast members.
The sequel, which has been rumored for at least a decade, is said to have a screenplay written by Wednesday creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The couple previously worked with Burton on the successful Netflix series, which Burton helmed for the first four episodes.
Deadline claimed in 2011 that producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith had struck a deal with Warner Bros. to film a Beetlejuice sequel. Throughout the 2010s, directors Burton, Keaton, and Ryder showed interest in developing a sequel.
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