Winona Ryder Is “Sworn to Secrecy” About ‘Beetlejuice 2’

By November 20, 2013


Such is the nature of entertainment news that when a star says they’ve been “sworn to secrecy” about a potential project, it typically has the reverse intended reaction – suddenly, it seems like there is something to be secretive about. Like the return of Winona Ryder to the Beetlejuice family?

The Daily Beast chatted with the actress earlier this week, and of course the long-rumored sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 film came up. The project certainly seems to be moving right along – Michael Keaton has confirmed it, Seth Grahame-Smith has penned it, Burton is reportedly in talks to come back to direct – but what about beloved Lydia Deetz? Will Ryder reprise her role?

The actress told the outlet, “I’m kind of sworn to secrecy…But it sounds like it might be happening.” Sworn to secrecy, eh? About what, Winona? The actress also seems pretty in the know with regards to what the film is about, sharing “It’s not a remake. It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.”


If nothing else, Ryder has fond memories for the feature and a great respect for the dedicated fanbase that still adores it. She told the outlet, “It’s a very precious movie to people, so there are a lot people like, ‘DON’T.'” But Ryder does seem to understand the key to a solid sequel – a reunion of its original creative forces – and even she feels the same way, saying, “I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael. Because those guys, I love.”

We do, too, Winona! And we’d love to see you guys all together again for some stripy-suited mayhem.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.