Fans rejoice at rumors that Depp will star in Beetlejuice 2

Johnny’s next role? Fans rejoice at rumors that Depp will star in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice 2 after he appears in cast lists for the long-awaited cult-classic sequel

  • Google searches for ‘Beetlejuice 2’ show a picture of Johnny Depp alongside Beetlejuice stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder under the heading ‘Cast’
  • The presence of Depp in the Google cast list comes amidst mounting speculation that a Beetlejuice sequel is in the works after more than 30 years
  • If true, Depp’s appearance in the film could be his first major role since he was booted from the Harry Potter adjacent Fantastic Beasts franchise in 2020

Rumor’s are circulating that Johnny Depp is due to make his post-defamation trial comeback in Beetlejuice 2.

Depp, who has not been in a major movie since 2018, now appears in the cast list alongside stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, in Google searches for the movie.

The film’s IMDB page has also recently been updated with a synopsis and release date of 2025 

In February, Deadline fueled speculation that the film franchise would be revitalized after reporting that Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, would be helming the project, and saying that it was in early development at Warner Bros.  

The cast list that appears when one searches ‘Beetlejuice 2’ in Google. Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder starred in the original Beetlejuice film in 1988

Johnny Depp during his defamation trial on May 3. He was awarded $15million in damages from Amber Heard on June 1

The rumors began swirling in the final days of Depp’s blockbuster defamation trial against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 36. On June 1 Depp was awarded $15million in damages from Heard.

Since his victory on Wednesday, Depp has appeared ready to get his life back on track. He has appeared on stage playing guitar with rock legend Jeff Beck during several performances this week, and released a statement saying he felt as if he had been given his life back. 

‘Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed.’ 

‘And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.’    

Michael Keaton (left) and Winona Ryder (right) in the original 1988 Beetlejuice film. They are rumored to be reprising their roles in a sequel

Film director Tim Burton is rumored to be directing the new Beetlejuice film. He and Depp have worked together on numerous films over the years

Johnny Depp in the 2018 film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. He was booted from the Harry Potter adjacent franchise in 2020 amidst controversy surrounding Amber Heard

If true, Depp’s presence in the film could be one of the actor’s first roles in a major film since he was booted from the Harry Potter adjacent franchise, Fantastic Beasts, in 2020 amidst the controversy surrounding his and Heard’s marriage. 

There have been no confirmations from any authorities that Depp is due to star in the film, or that the film is truly in production at all. Film websites that have reported on the rumors have warned fans not to get their hopes up yet, cautioning that IMDB pages for not-yet-made films can be inaccurate. 

Nonetheless, some fans have expressed glee at the news, with one Twitter user posting a picture of the Google-searched cast list, but with a crown illustrated atop Depp’s head and the exclamation ‘YASS’ glittering beneath him.

‘Thrilled to see Johnny Depp added to the cast of Beetlejuice 2 #Istandwithjohnny,’ the user wrote. 

Beetlejuice, which tells the tale of a recently deceased couple hiring a ‘bio-exorcist’ to scare away the new living inhabitants of their home, was released in 1988 to commercial and critical success. The original film starred Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin, and was directed by Tim Burton.

Depp’s appearance in a Burton-directed Beetlejuice 2 would be another of numerous projects the pair have worked together on over the years, including Edward Scissorhands (1990), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd (2007), and Alice in Wonderland (2010). 

The plot synopsis for Beetlejuice 2 that has appeared on the film’s IMDB page recently

Some fans applauded the appearance of Depp alongside the Beetlejuice 2 cast list in Google searches

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