Geena Davis Talks About Why She’s Not in the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel

Geena Davis has some disappointing news for fans eagerly awaiting the ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel. In an exclusive interview with ET’s Kevin Frazier at the CinemaCon 2024 Big Screen Achievement Awards,

The 68-year-old actress, honored with the Viola Davis Trailblazer Award, revealed that she won’t be reprising her role as Barbara Maitland in the upcoming film set to release on September 5.

Davis explained, “No, I’m not. I’m not in the remake.” She humorously added, “Oh, you were expecting that I would be? Yeah, no, you know what? Because my theory is that ghosts don’t age… Not that I have.”

In the original ‘Beetlejuice,’ Davis and Alec Baldwin portrayed Barbara and Adam Maitland, ghosts inhabiting the home of Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara’s characters.

Although the original film concluded with the characters agreeing to live together harmoniously, Davis confirmed that she and Baldwin won’t appear in the sequel. However, it’s uncertain how their absence will be explained.

Davis believes that her characters wouldn’t return due to the logic of ghost aging. “Our characters were stuck the way they looked when they died forever, so it’s been a while, it’s been a minute,” she explained.

Geena Davis Talks About Why She's Not in the 'Beetlejuice' Sequel

Despite missing out on the sequel, Davis confessed she hasn’t watched the trailer yet but heard that some viewers were moved to tears. She expressed her gratitude for receiving the Viola Davis Trailblazer Award, emphasizing her admiration for Viola Davis as a phenomenal trailblazer.

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“It’s an incredible honor, you know, such an enormous fan of hers, and she really is a phenomenal trailblazer,” Davis said. “It means the world to me and also I’m really grateful.”

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