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Sequel, sequel, sequel! Winona Ryder is in talks to star in 'Beetlejuice 2'

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Winona Ryder says she's discussing whether or not she'll join the cast of "Beetlejuice 2."

Winona Ryder may be joining the cast of "Beetlejuice 2," the sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 horror-comedy, the actress told The Daily Beast in a recent interview. "I'm kind of sworn to secrecy," Ryder said. "But it sounds like it might be happening."

Rumors of a second "Beetlejuice" began circulating  last month when news slipped out that Burton was in talks to direct and that Michael Keaton was expected to reprise his role as the titular wisecracking ghost. The script was written by Seth Grahame-Smith – author of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer," which Burton produced, as well as the script for Burton's "Dark Shadows" – and takes place a few decades after the original.

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"It's not a remake," Ryder said. "It's 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia [Deetz, her character] so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later."

Ryder did acknowledge the concerns that some fans have expressed over a sequel. "It's a very precious movie to people. So there are a lot (of) people like, 'DON'T.'" But the actress seems excited for it nonetheless, mentioning that if Burton and Keaton weren't involved she likely would have passed as well (coincidentally, last year Ryder starred in the video for the Killers' "Here With Me," which Burton directed).

Grossing $73.7 million and taking home the Academy Award for Best Makeup, "Beetlejuice" proved to be a boon for Burton, Keaton and Ryder's careers, something the actress still acknowledges. "That's one of those movies where little kids stop me," Ryder said. "I'm so associated with it. I think it gave me my career. I was such a weird looking kid."