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Jenna Ortega wants Beetlejuice 2 to push youngsters towards 'weird' and 'off-putting' stories

Jenna Ortega has high hopes for the impact of Beetlejuice 2 credit:Bang Showbiz
Jenna Ortega has high hopes for the impact of Beetlejuice 2 credit:Bang Showbiz

Jenna Ortega hopes 'Beetlejuice Beetlejuice' can introduce young people to "weird, strange off-putting stories".

The 21-year-old actress is playing Lydia Deetz's daughter Astrid in the upcoming sequel and she thinks the original 1988 classic's notoriety means a follow-up is necessary after all this time.

She told Vanity Fair: "That’s why I was excited that they were bringing it back as well.

"I feel like studios nowadays, of course, they want people in seats, and you’ve got to do reboots or sequels or things like that to get people entwined, but to bring 'Beetlejuice' back — of all of the stories — is so good because people need to revisit weird, strange, off-putting stories again.

"We need to introduce the younger generation that’s always on the phone to new artistic and creative ideas.

"The weirder you get with it, the more people you can get to see it, I think will probably do a lot for film in general.”

She's staying tight lipped about the movie, which sees director Tim Burton return at the helm, while Michael Keaton will reprise his role as the titular 'ghost with the most'.

Winona Ryder will be back as Lydia too, and Jenna did admit that their relationship is "very important".

She added: “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I am Lydia Deetz’s daughter, so I’ll give that away.

"She’s weird, but in a different way and not in the way you’d assume, I would say. The relationship between Lydia and Astrid, my character, is very important.

"And it’s also really strange because it’s a lot of catching up and putting the pieces together of what’s gone on in Lydia’s life since, which is nice, I think, for anybody who loves the character and is excited to see her again.”