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Monica Bellucci Added to ‘Beetlejuice 2’


Monica Bellucci in ‘Mafia Mamma.’ Courtesy of Bleecker Street.

After spending many years in improvement limbo (extra on that under), the sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 supernatural comedy ‘Beetlejuice‘ is ultimately in manufacturing, with Burton again calling the photographs within the UK.

Cast-wise, Michael Keaton from the unique is again because the title character alongside Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Catherine O’Hara as her stepmother.

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

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Monica Bellucci can be becoming a member of the solid of ‘Beetlejuice 2,’ and is reportedly set as Betelgeuse’s (sure, that’s how it’s spelled) spouse. Otherwise, plot particulars are being stored in a mysterious desert otherworld roamed by sandworms.

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The story of the Beetlejuice sequel

1988’s ‘Beetlejuice’ noticed the spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) harassed by an insufferable household (Jeffrey Jones as Charles Deetz, O’Hara as Delia Deetz and Ryder as Charles’ daughter, together with numerous assistants and hangers-on) that has moved into their dwelling and rent an oddball spirit (Keaton’s Betelgeuse) to drive them out.

But when Betelgeuse’s malicious chaos turns into an excessive amount of, the ghostly couple crew up with Lydia to attempt to cease him. Famously, he’s summoned by saying his title three times.

Burton loved making ‘Beetlejuice’ sufficient that in 1990 employed Jonathan Gems to jot down a sequel referred to as ‘Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian’, which might have seen the Deetz’ head to the island nation to open a resort, solely to construct on the burial floor of an historical Hawaiian Kahuna. The spirit comes again from the afterlife to trigger bother, and Betelgeuse’s providers are as soon as extra reluctantly required.

Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in 1988's 'Beetlejuice.'

Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in 1988’s ‘Beetlejuice.’

The concept languished in improvement for almost a decade, going by way of completely different scripts and potential writers (together with ‘HeathersDaniel Waters, who as an alternative went to work on ‘Batman Returns’ for Burton and Kevin Smith, who turned down the concept in favor of the equally doomed ‘Superman Lives’), earlier than ending its limbo standing in obvious failure round 1997.

Yet after years of official silence, Warner Bros. determined to strive once more, hiring Seth Grahame-Smith to jot down a script that will set the story in modern times with Ryder and Burton again. But even that didn’t flip into something, regardless of Mike Vukadinovich re-writing the script.

Now, although, it’s formally again on, boasting a script from ‘Wednesday’ creators and Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

We’re virtually shocked to see that Eva Green (who has labored twice with Burton already) didn’t snag the function, however we’re undoubtedly occupied with no matter Bellucci does with the character.

‘Beetlejuice 2’, or no matter it finally ends up titled, must be in theaters on September sixth, 2024.

Dan Stevens in 2014's 'The Guest.'

Dan Stevens in 2014’s ‘The Guest.’

In different casting news, Dan Stevens goes from large monsters (he’s a part of the solid of ‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’) to extra mysterious ones because the actor is becoming a member of the solid of an untitled new Universal creature function being guided by the Radio Silence crew behind the final couple of ‘Scream’ movies.

Radio Silence, in case you overlook, consists of administrators Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, plus producer Chad Villella amongst their quantity. This is one thing the trio has been eager to make since their first stab at Scream, however the success of that movie led them to place it maintain to give attention to the sequel. Now, they’re shifting again to the monster movie.

‘Scream’s Melissa Barrera is on board to star, with ‘Matilda The Musical’s Alisha Weir additionally within the solid. The script was written by Stephen Shields, with revisions by Guy Busick.

Melissa Barrera (Sam Carpenter) and Jenna Ortega (Tara Carpenter) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's 'Scream VI.'

(L to R) Melissa Barrera (Sam Carpenter) and Jenna Ortega (Tara Carpenter) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s ‘Scream VI.’

What is the brand new movie about?

And much more than the ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel, the main points are being locked away in a coffin, although there was severe hypothesis that it may very well be a model of ‘Dracula’s Daughter’, with the story revolving round a younger woman kidnapped by a gang, whose supernatural parentage causes actual issues for the criminals. Weir has been tipped because the daughter, with Barrera as one of many gang. Stevens’ function is actually unknown proper now, however we might actually see him as Dracula, have been that to be the case.

Again, nothing has been formally revealed, however it’ll be enjoyable to see what the Radio Silence gang does unleashed on one other venerable horror franchise. With luck, it’ll become as entertaining as ‘The Invisible Man’ or ‘Renfield’ (and Universal might be hoping for extra box office success than the latter).

As for Stevens, as talked about above, he’s simply completed reuniting with ‘The Guest’ director Adam Wingard for the newest entry in Warner Bros./Legendary’s “Monsterverse”, enjoying an unknown human within the movie, which sees the large creatures dealing with off a brand new menace that has ties to the origins of all of the “titan” monsters which have been stomping round within the movie collection thus far (no less than, so far as anybody outdoors the manufacturing is aware of proper now).

Most lately seen in final 12 months’s romantic comedy ‘Spin Me Round’ and heard as one of many characters in animated journey ‘The Sea Beast’ (clearly the person has a factor for creatures), Stevens will even crop up in horror movie ‘Cuckoo’.

Radio Silence has actually confirmed they know easy methods to create good horror movies, and with the added paranormal/monstrous ingredient, we’re additionally pondering how a lot enjoyable their ‘Ready or Not’ turned out to be. This might be one to observe, however there’s no signal but of a launch date for this one.

Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in 1988's 'Beetlejuice.'

Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in 1988’s ‘Beetlejuice.’

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