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Jenna Ortega is in talks to join Tim Burton’s sequel to 80s cult film ‘Beetlejuice’

Jenna Ortega in talks with Tim Burton to join BeetleJuice sequel

Rumour has it scream queen Jenna Ortega may be taking on yet another acting role from the pantheon of cult-classic gothic fantasy films. The 20-year-old actress is reportedly in talks with producer and director Tim Burton to join the follow-up to his 80s blockbuster Beetlejuice, a sequel almost 30 years in the making.

The film would mark Ortega's second time collaborating with Burton, after the duo worked together on the popular first season of Netflix's Wednesday, where she learned to fence, play cello and speak German for the role of gothic darling Wednesday Addams. Ortega's portrayal earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, so if the pair's first collaboration is anything to go by, we are excited to watch this space.

What do we know about the film so far?

Ortega is reportedly in talks to play the daughter of the original film's temperamental teenager Lydia Deetz, portrayed of course by Winona Ryder. Ryder is slated to revisit her iconic role for the sequel, and Michael Keaton is also tipped to reprise his part as the titular ghoul. In fact, Burton said he wouldn't consider making a sequel if Keaton wasn't interesting in reprising the role.

While we have no official timelines or cast lists just yet, the film was officially confirmed by Burton himself, having been picked up by none other than Brad Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment last year.

What else is Jenna Ortega working on?

Adding Beetlejuice to Ortega's acting résumé would certainly cement her affinity for the macabre, having become something of a poster child for the horror and gothic genres as of late. She recently turned in some chilling performances for the sixth instalment of the post-modern horror franchise Scream, as well as in last year's A24 slasher X (alongside the genre's other newly ordained scream queen, Mia Goth).

She's also confirmed for a second season of Wednesday with Netflix, and has announced an upcoming film project with The Weeknd.

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