Geena Davis recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss her possible participation in a Beetlejuice sequel. The response she gave was quite enthusiastic, but she revealed some doubt that she will actually appear in the film, for one specific reason in particular.
Out of all the great films Davis has been a part of (Thelma & Louise, The Fly, and A League of Their Own, to name a few) one of her most memorable, audience-loved performances was when she played Barbara Maitland in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice.
The 1988 film, starring Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin was wildly popular, and director Tim Burton actually tried to get a sequel started by hiring a writer back in 1990. Things didn’t pan out, and since then, plenty of rumors about a sequel have come and gone, but just a few months ago, Beetlejuice 2 was officially confirmed by both Tim Burton and Winona Ryder.
It was revealed at that time that Burton, Ryder, and Michael Keaton were all going to participate in the new movie, with Keaton revealing that they were only waiting for a script to be ready. But Geena Davis’s return has not been addressed at all until now.
When asked whether she would be willing to participate, Davis said that she “would love to!” The award-winning actress also revealed that she has not been approached by anyone about Beetlejuice 2 yet, saying, “No one’s talked to me about it… That was one of my favorite movies, too.”
Davis has an idea as to why she might not have been asked to participate in the movie. “Ghosts probably don’t age,” she told Entertainment Tonight, referring to the fact that she is now 59-years-old and that her original appearance as Barbara Maitland took place almost 30 years ago.
She kept things light, though, joking that she hasn’t aged, “of course,” but that her co-star, Alec Baldwin, probably has. In the original movie, the two played a married couple who had died and then continued living in their home as ghosts.
Despite the fact that Geena Davis has gotten older over the years, as even Hollywood stars do, she is clearly interested in being involved in Beetlejuice 2. There was no negativity in Davis’s explanation, and she didn’t seem to be insulted, just stating a fact. Burton has not yet responded to what Davis said in her interview, so whether she will be a part of the new movie is up in the air.
Davis has plenty else to do while she waits for her former director’s call, however. While Beetlejuice inches closer to its 30th anniversary, 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Thelma & Louise. This was another of Davis’s most popular films, and one for which she received a slew of awards nominations and even won a couple.
Davis starred alongside Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise, and recently told the New York Post that the two women are planning something special to acknowledge the anniversary. “We’ve been talking a lot about a way to celebrate… Like do a live stage show with clips from the film,” Davis said.
In addition to this, Geena Davis was just cast as actor Jon Hamm’s daughter in the independent film, Marjorie Prime. The new movie starts filming October 11 in the Hamptons, so she’ll be busy with that in just under a week.
Davis will actually play the adult version of his daughter while Hamm, 15 years her junior, will play a holographic version of her father. Still, if Davis was cast as 44-year-old Hamm’s daughter, then surely she isn’t too old to resurrect, so to speak, her role as Barbara Maitland.
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