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Winona Ryder lined up to star in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel

Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in Tim Burton's original 1988 film Beetlejuice.

Winona Ryder is in talks with Tim Burton to star in a sequel of Beetlejuice.

The 40-year-old actress, who will join Burton at the European premiere of their new film Frankenweenie on the opening night of the London Film Festival, played lead role Lydia Deetz in the original 1988 comedy horror movie. She is set to meet the film’s director next week to discuss the possibility of appearing in a remaking of the film.

Seth Grahame-Smith is currently writing a script after commissioned by Burton.

Burton recently revealed he would work on a sequel to Beetlejuice - which also starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a young married couple who are killed in a car accident – if Grahame-Smith’s script is “interesting” enough.

When asked if he would consider becoming involved in a follow up to the original movie, Burton said: “If it was interesting. Although I don’t know if I would ever know a good script if it bit me in the face. But I know what I like, so we’ll see.

“Seth is writing something. He has ideas about it, so I just wanted to let him respond to it and see what he comes up with.”

When asked if she is to star in the sequel, Winona told MTV News: “I’ve heard from journalists, that’s how I found out, but I’m seeing Tim next week, and I will let you know.”

But Ryder insisted that if a follow up movie is created then Michael Keaton is needed to reprise his role as main character Betelgeuse, a grotesque bio-exorcist who scares humans for other ghosts.

She added: “I’m trying to think about how that would work. Obviously I’m not [the focal point]; it’s got to be Michael.”

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