If you’ve never seen Beetlejuice, then stop what you’re doing, and go watch it as soon as possible. I’m sure you can find it in the two-dollar bin at Wal-Mart or somewhere online. This comedic, light-horror film revolves around a newly-deceased couple that has problems coming to terms with their dead-ness. They also aren’t fond of the weird family that just moved into their former house. So who do they turn to for guidance? A demonic, wise-cracking “bio-exorcist” who can be summoned by saying “Beetlejuice!” three times. Beetlejuice offers his assistance, but it turns out that he would rather wreak havoc on the living (and the dead) than help anyone.
Michael Keaton rocked the role of Beetlejuice so well in the original film that it’s difficult to picture anyone else taking up the mantle. Recent reports have stated that we’ll be seeing a sequel to Beetlejuice in a few short years, and while I’d love to see Keaton reprise the role, I think he may not want to don the striped suit again. He still has the excellent comedic timing and energy that would suit the role, but he may want to move on from the part in favor of other projects. I’m not saying it’s a definite, but there’s always that possibility. If this is the case, who could fulfill the role of Beetlejuice in his stead? Here are our six choices.
6. Nicolas Cage
No, please, hear me out. I know what you’re thinking. Nicolas Cage is whacky. He’s an oddball. He’s really, really, really weird. I swear I’m not nominating him just because I have a slight obsession. I legitimately think that Cage could pull off Beetlejuice. No matter how old he gets, he seems to always bring a lot of energy to the table. Beetlejuice has his moments where he’s like a bomb with a short fuse. One minute, he’s laying on a beach chair trying to relax, and the next, he’s turning into a sentient carnival game and torturing people. Nic Cage can flip that switch just as easily as Beetlejuice. Have you ever seen what happens when a cat accidentally falls into a bathtub full of water? That’s what Cage can turn into in a matter of seconds. That’s the kind of person I want to see as Beetlejuice.
5. Sam Rockwell
Taking a calmer route, I’d also like to see Sam Rockwell try his hand at the part. He’s made appearances in a couple great movies such as Galaxy Quest, Seven Psychopaths, and The Sitter (talk about your underrated films). He’s always very quirky, but somewhat reserved in his outbursts. Nic Cage is a hair away from going full-on psycho, but Rockwell seems to be even closer to that edge. He’s got a subtle creepiness to him, especially with his voice. Did you know that he was rumored for the role of Pennywise in the It reboot? That would’ve been amazing, but Beetlejuice would be even better, mostly because it could benefit from Rockwell’s comedic abilities.
4. Michael Rooker
I may be a bit biased with this choice, but I’ve got good reasons for the nomination. Michael Rooker has sort-of type-casted himself in recent years. He transitioned from his role as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead to the part of Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy. He plays almost the exact same character both times. But if you go back to before he was in either of those pieces, you’ll see he’s got a lot of untapped potential. Also, I actually got to meet Rooker at Philadelphia Comic Con this past year, and let me tell you, his personality fits the role perfectly. For someone who always plays a gruff a$$hole, he’s actually really nice, approachable, and funny. He can play Beetlejuice in a way where, he may be the villain/anti-hero, but you can’t help but love him. Rooker has fun with what he does and truly appreciates his fans. I think he’d do his best to ensure that his portrayal of Beetlejuice is parallel to Keaton’s.