Go ahead, make OUR millennium. Beetlejuice fans — we’ve got good news for you! Winona Ryder is the latest original Beetlejuice castmember to confirm that the 1988 campy supernatural comedy will be getting a sequel! During a HuffPost Live appearance at Sundance to promote her new biopic about psychologist Stanley Milgram, Experimenter, with Peter Sarsgaard, the actress all but confirmed the much-anticipated reboot.
“I first heard about it a few years ago when I was in Toronto doing press for The Iceman,” said Ryder, 43. “The guy interviewing me was like… ‘Beetlejuice 2!’ and I was like ‘What?’”
Then an up-and-coming young star, Ryder starred as teenager Lydia Deetz in the original film, in which her family inhabits the house of a deceased couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) still haunting the residence, who, with the help of a unruly ghost Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), are attempting to scare away the Deetzes.
Both Keaton and director Tim Burton have expressed their interest in a second movie, and in Dec. 2014, Burton told IGN the sequel was “closer than ever.”
“As far as I know, it’s going to happen,” Ryder told HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri.
Ryder only had kind words to share about former costar Keaton, who’s currently on the comeback trail as he racks up awards for his performance in Oscar-nominated Birdman.
“Birdman is incredible and I’m so happy for him,” gushed Ryder. “It’s so deserved, I’m just so thrilled for him. He’s such an amazing guy.”
Sarsgaard, who has two children with wife Maggie Gyllenhaal, said that while he loves the classic movie, he’s not quite ready to share it with his young offspring.
“They’re scared of any movie in that genre of the moment…” he laughed. Maybe they’ll be ready just in time for Beetlejuice 2!
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