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Monica Bellucci Joins ‘Beetlejuice 2’, Reportedly as the Title Character’s Wife__After spending decades in development limbo more on that below

After spending decades in development limbo (more on that below), the sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 supernatural comedy ‘Beetlejuice’ is at last in production, with Burton back calling the shots in the UK. Cast-wise, Michael Keaton from the original is back as the title character alongside Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Catherine O’Hara as her stepmother.

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New this time? ‘Scream’s Jenna Ortega (who starred for Burton in the recent Netflix hit ‘Addams Family’ spin-off ‘Wednesday’) as Ryder’s daughter and more recently, Justin Theroux in an unknown role.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Monica Bellucci is also joining the cast of ‘Beetlejuice 2,’ and is reportedly set as Betelgeuse’s (yes, that’s how it is spelled) wife. Otherwise, plot details are being kept in a mysterious desert otherworld roamed by sandworms.

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Bellucci is boarding the long-gestating sequel, which has Tim Burton, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder all returning. In other casting news, Dan Stevens is on for a mysterious new monster movie. Moviefone
1988’s ‘Beetlejuice’ saw the spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) harassed by an unbearable family (Jeffrey Jones as Charles Deetz, O’Hara as Delia Deetz and Ryder as Charles’ daughter, along with various assistants and hangers-on) that has moved into their home and hire an oddball spirit (Keaton’s Betelgeuse) to drive them out.

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But when Betelgeuse’s malicious chaos becomes too much, the ghostly couple team up with Lydia to try and stop him. Famously, he’s summoned by saying his name three times.

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Burton enjoyed making ‘Beetlejuice’ enough that in 1990 hired Jonathan Gems to write a sequel called ‘Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian’, which would have seen the Deetz’ head to the island nation to open a resort, only to build on the burial ground of an ancient Hawaiian Kahuna. The spirit comes back from the afterlife to cause trouble, and Betelgeuse’s services are once more reluctantly required


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