It looks as though the ongoing Beetlejuice sequel rumours are finally coming to fruition.

During an appearance last night on US TV show Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ryder - who played Lydia Deetz in the original - was flatly asked to confirm or deny that a sequel was in the works, and she responded pretty positively.

"I think I can confirm it," said the 43-year-old. "It was very hush hush, top secret . . . and then [Tim Burton] was doing some press for Big Eyes and he did an on-camera interview and he said, 'Oh yeah, we are doing it', and 'Winona is going to be in it'.

"So can I say that? I mean if he said it, I can. But I really don't know much more than anybody else."

Burton, the director of the original 1988 film about a mischievous ghost, previously said the future of Beetlejuice 2 relies on Birdman star Michael Keaton returning to the iconic role.

He said in December 2014: "There's only one Beetlejuice, and that's Michael. There is a script, and I would love to work with him again. I think there is now a better chance than ever . . .

"I miss that character. There's something that's cathartic and amazing about it. I think it's closer than ever."