"Beetlejuice 2" Is Happening, And It's Going To Feature Jenna Ortega — Here's What People Are Saying

    "Jenna Ortega [is] the new face of horror. I absolutely love to see it, sorry."

    Everybody get out your Harry Belafonte "Banana Boat (Day-O)" records!

    As reported by Variety, Wednesday star Jenna Ortega has been tapped to star in Beetlejuice 2, the second time she will collaborate with director Tim Burton.

    Closeup of Jenna Ortega at the Met Gala in an intricate corset dress with an asymmetrical skirt

    The sequel to the popular 1988 supernatural comedy starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, alongside Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, is set to hit theaters on September 6, 2024, according to the Warner Bros. announcement.

    The poster for "Beetlejuice"

    Tim frequently collaborated with actors like Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands) and Christina Ricci (Wednesday, Sleepy Hollow), so it'll be great to see Jenna have the opportunity to act alongside another iconic "goth girl" actor from the Burton universe.

    Closeup of Jenna Ortega and Christina Ricci

    Michael and Winona will reprise their roles as the mischievous Beetlejuice and teen goth icon Lydia Deetz. Jenna will join the cast as Lydia's daughter, which is the perfect casting since she's killed it in her most recent dark/horror movie and TV roles like Wednesday, X, and the Scream franchise.

    Jenna Ortega in "Wednesday," "X," and "Scream" from left to right

    Word of a Beetlejuice sequel has been floating around for several years, with Burton saying, “It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right,” back in 2016.

    Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder standing side-by-side in a scene from "Beetlejuice"

    With this latest news, it looks like Jenna is certifiably the next generation of the Hollywood goth girl, and I'm excited about it.

    Side-by-side of Christina Ricci in "The Addams Family," Winona Ryder in "Beetlejuice," and Jenna Ortega in "Wednesday"

    But, the internet is having mixed reactions to the Beetlejuice 2 update:

    That’s called typecasting – doesn’t mean someone doesn’t have range. Also: doesn’t matter when they are making a living.

    — Content For All (@ContentForAll) May 9, 2023

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    Jenna Ortega the new face of horror I absolutely love to see it sorry. Like we really in good hands I fear.

    — ♤ (@haworthes) May 9, 2023

    While we're at it, let's put Jenna in a Mermaids sequel.

    Winona Ryder, Cher, and Christina Ricci in "Mermaids"

    What do you think about Jenna Ortega being cast in Beetlejuice 2?

    Let me know in the comments.