First look: Winona Ryder is back as Lydia in Beetlejuice 2 set photos

The whispers are true, folks! The reels are rolling on the English soil for Tim Burton’s eagerly awaited Beetlejuice 2, and thanks to the diligent photographers at Daily Mail UK, we’ve got some thrilling behind-the-scenes snapshots to drool over. Dive in, and you’ll catch a tantalising first glimpse of Winona Ryder stepping back into the beloved shoes of Lydia Deetz, a role that became emblematic of her career, first brought to life under Burton’s deft hand in the original Beetlejuice – a film that has aged like fine wine over 35 years!

The rebellious, raven-haired goth darling of the ’88 classic, Lydia Deetz, was central to its charm, and it seems that her iconic jet-black hairstyle, crowned with sharp, pointed bangs, is all set to make a roaring comeback. And we’re here for it!

Mark your calendars, folks. Warner Bros. promises to bring this eerie escapade to a theatre near you come September 6, 2024.

This exciting sequel sees a stellar cast, including Jenna Ortega, known for “Wednesday” and Scream VI. She’s joining Michael Keaton, the original prankster ghost, and the ensemble is further studded with the return of Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara. In a delightful twist, the ravishing Monica Bellucci, famed for Irreversible, is slated to play Beetlejuice’s spouse!

While the exact weave of the plot remains shrouded in secrecy, we know this: Jenna Ortega is set to play Lydia Deetz’s daughter – a role that, naturally, brings Winona Ryder back to the spectral fold.

The cast recently expanded to include Willem Dafoe and Justin Theroux. Adding the cherry to the sundae, Danny Elfman, Burton’s frequent musical accomplice, will be weaving his magic into the film’s score.

The original Beetlejuice, directed by Burton in ’88, morphed into a cult phenomenon over time. It spun a tale of a quirky couple-turned-ghosts (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who haunt their former home. Things get truly spooktacular when a young girl (Winona Ryder) inadvertently frees a mischievous ghost (Michael Keaton), prompting the ghostly couple to try and scare away the new homeowners (Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones). Fasten your seatbelts for a hauntingly fun sequel!

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