Someone pretty important must have said Beetlejuice’s name three times – because it seems everyone’s favorite beyond-the-grave fixer is about to return at long last!
“It was very hush-hush, top secret,” Ryder, 43, said on the show while also admitting, “I really don’t know much more about it than anyone else.”
The actress deliciously played ghost-seeing, Harry Belafonte-dancing Goth girl Lydia in the original 1988 flick, which starred Michael Keaton in the titular role alongside Catherine O’Hara, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. On Monday, she credited director Tim Burton with being the first one to reveal plans for the reboot.
“He was doing some press for Big Eyes and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah, we’re doing it. And Winona’s going to be in it,’ ” she said as she flashed an awed look at the audience.
Earlier this year, Keaton, 63, also expressed interest in reprising his role as the kooky ghoul for one simple reason: “It’s Tim Burton.”
Ryder also spoke of Beetlejuice‘s staying power, which has found a whole new generation of fans who relate to the movie.
“Little kids [are fans],” she said. “I love that. I’m so touched by it because there’s so much CGI and Middle-earth and they love Beetlejuice. It must mean there’s something really pure about it.”
The Experimenter actress also said she’s discovered particularly ardent fans among another group: TSA agents.
“I have not been let through security unless I said [Beetlejuice three times],” she said, but admits that she doesn’t like to utter that name in succession very often.
“I’m very superstitious,” she said. “Now that I think there’s gonna be a sequel, I’m like, ‘What if I say it three times and it doesn’t come true?’ “