Tim Burton and Michael Keaton have confirmed their involvement with the project in the past and at one point Burton confirmed that Winona Ryder would be in the film as well. But we never had the confirmation from the actress herself.
Winona Ryder has yet to confirm the news herself, but last night while she was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers, she said:
“I think I can confirm it because Tim Burton did this interview. It was very hush-hush, top secret, ‘I don’t know what may happen, I don’t know,’ and then 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 gonna be in it.’ So can I say…? I mean if he said it. But I really don’t know much more than anybody else.”
In a previous interview in which Ryder held back on confirming her involvement, she did say:
“It’s not a remake. It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia [Deetz, Ryder’s teenage goth character] so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.”
Then while promoting Big Eyes last year, Burton talked about the character, and finally getting around to making the long gestated sequel:
“It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.
“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”