Michael Keaton Excited About 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Preview: "Incredibly Fun"

Revisiting a classic, Keaton dives back into iconic role.

by Nouman Rasool
Michael Keaton Excited About 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Preview: "Incredibly Fun"
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Michael Keaton, the celebrated actor known for his dynamic roles, is once again stepping into the shoes of the iconic character Beetlejuice in the eagerly anticipated sequel "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice." This return comes nearly four decades after the original film, directed by Tim Burton, captivated audiences with its unique blend of humor and horror.

With Burton back at the helm, the sequel is poised to hit theaters in September, reigniting the excitement for fans of the original. In a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Keaton shared his thoughts on the new film.

He expressed his admiration for the sequel, highlighting its visual splendor and unexpected emotional depth. "It's beautiful, physically. The original was so fun and visually exciting, and this one elevates that with its beauty and interesting emotional moments.

It took me by surprise. It's great," Keaton enthused. He further noted the fun he had viewing the film, revealing plans to see it again after minor editing adjustments, confidently stating, "This thing is great."

Keaton's Beetlejuice Prep

Keaton also shared insights into his preparation for revisiting the eccentric character of Beetlejuice.

He admitted to rewatching the original film to reacquaint himself with the character's peculiarities, despite having seen it fully only once or twice before. "I hadn’t seen it for a long, long time, so I went back and looked at it again," he said.

An interesting aspect of the sequel's development, as Keaton discussed earlier this year, was the deliberate choice to maintain a "handmade" feel to the film, avoiding an overreliance on technology. Both he and Burton wanted to preserve the tangible, physical elements that contributed to the charm of the original.

"What made it fun was watching somebody in the corner actually holding something up for you," Keaton reminisced, emphasizing the importance of practical effects over digital ones. "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice" boasts a stellar cast, including Winona Ryder, Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci, Willem Dafoe, Justin Theroux, Arthur Conti, and Burn Gorman, promising a blend of new and familiar faces.

The film is scheduled to open in theaters on September 6, offering a fresh chapter in the Beetlejuice saga that aims to captivate both longtime fans and newcomers with its blend of visual beauty, whimsical humor, and heartfelt moments.