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Johnny's next role? Fans rejoice at rumors that Depp will star in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice 2

Johnny’s next role? Fans rejoice over rumors Depp will star in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice 2 after appearing in cast lists for the highly anticipated cult classic sequel

  • Google searches for ‘Beetlejuice 2’ show a photo of Johnny Depp alongside Beetlejuice stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder under the ‘Cast’ headline
  • Depp’s presence in the Google cast list comes amid 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 being booted from the adjacent Harry Potter franchise Fantastic Beasts in 2020.

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There are rumors that Johnny Depp will make his comeback in Beetlejuice 2 after his trial.

Depp, who hasn’t starred in a major film since 2018, now appears in the cast list alongside stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, in Google searches for the film.

The movie’s IMDB page was also recently updated with a recap and a 2025 release date

In February, Deadline fueled speculation that the film franchise would be revived after reports that Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, would lead the project, said it was in early development at Warner Bros.

The cast list that appears when you search for 'Beetlejuice 2' in Google.  Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder starred in the original Beetlejuice movie in 1988

The cast list that appears when you search for ‘Beetlejuice 2’ in Google. Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder starred in the original Beetlejuice movie in 1988

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

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

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

Rumors started swirling in the final days of Depp’s blockbuster lawsuit against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 36. On June 1, Depp was awarded $15 million in damages from Heard.

Since his win on Wednesday, Depp seems poised to get his life back on track. He took to the stage this week to play guitar with rock legend Jeff Beck at several gigs, and released a statement saying he felt like he had his life back.

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

“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humiliated.’

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

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

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 was set to direct the new Beetlejuice film.  He and Depp have collaborated on countless films over the years

Film director Tim Burton was set to direct the new Beetlejuice film.  He and Depp have collaborated on countless films over the years

Film director Tim Burton was set to direct the new Beetlejuice film. He and Depp have collaborated on countless films over the years

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

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

Johnny Depp in the 2018 film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. He was booted from the adjacent Harry Potter franchise in 2020 amid 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 being booted from the adjacent Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts, in 2020 amid controversy surrounding his and Heard’s marriage.

There are no confirmations from authorities that Depp will star in the film, or that the film is actually in production. Movie websites that reported on the rumors have warned fans not to hope just yet, and warn that IMDB pages for unmade movies may be inaccurate.

Nevertheless, some fans have expressed delight at the news, with a Twitter user posting a photo of the Google-searched cast list, but with a crown illustrated atop Depp’s head and the exclamation “YASS” glistening below him.

“Glad to see Johnny Depp added to the cast of Beetlejuice 2 #Istandwithjohnny,” the user wrote.

Beetlejuice, which tells the story of a recently deceased couple who hire a “bio-exorcist” to chase the new living residents away from their home, was released in 1988 and became a commercial and critical success. The original film starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder and Alec Baldwin, and was directed by Tim Burton.

Depp’s appearance in a Burton-directed Beetlejuice 2 is said to be one of the many projects the couple has collaborated 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 recently appeared on the movie's IMDB page

The plot synopsis for Beetlejuice 2 that recently appeared on the movie's IMDB page

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

Some fans cheered Depp's appearance alongside the Beetlejuice 2 cast list in Google searches

Some fans cheered Depp's appearance alongside the Beetlejuice 2 cast list in Google searches

Some fans cheered Depp’s appearance alongside the Beetlejuice 2 cast list in Google searches