Hocus Pocus 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the popular Halloween film from the 1990s. Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as the Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus 2, first announced in May 2021.
Following the previous film, the deliciously evil sisters return in this Disney+ exclusive sequel, 29 years after Max revived them in the 1993 original. They’re planning to wreak havoc on the town of Salem, Massachusetts, on All Hallow’s Eve once again, and it’s up to a fresh bunch of youngsters to stop them!
What Else Do We Know About The Confirmed Cast?
Disney+ has recently confirmed eleven new cast members, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy are officially reprising their roles for the sequel. Whitney Peak (Gossip Girl), Lilia Buckingham (Crown Lake), Belissa Escobedo (Don’t Look Deeper), Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), Sam Richardson (The Tomorrow War, Veep), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso, Sex Education), Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf), Taylor Henderson, and Nina Kitchen are among the stars on the bill. Doug Jones, who starred in the first film, has also announced that he will reprise his role in the sequel.
Thora Birch, who portrayed Dani Dennison, Max’s younger sister in the 1993 film, hinted at her role on Twitter, writing: “2022 will be ‘Mah-values!” with a GIF of Midler’s Winnie Sanderson. Due to schedule issues, Adam Shankman, who was initially set to direct, will be replaced by Anne Fletcher, filmmaker of The Proposal and 27 Dresses.
In a statement, Fletcher said: “People need to laugh now more than ever. We should laugh every day, and these three incredible ladies are having so much fun portraying delectable characters from such a famous film. I’m ecstatic to be able to help bring these witches back to life, and the fact that I will be working with my Disney friends again makes it even more meaningful. This is a film for everyone, from the original film’s fans to the next generation of moviegoers, and I can’t wait to see it.”
Trailer & Release Date For Hocus Pocus 2
In the autumn, production on Hocus Pocus 2 started in Rhode Island, as Parker revealed on her Instagram Stories. She uploaded a behind-the-scenes video of her makeover to Sarah Sanderson on Monday, Nov. 10. “Hair and makeup test on HP 2 first day,” SJP captioned a video of her beauty artist applying two foundation colors. “Elaine offers schmearing here.”
Parker offered fans a sneak peek at the platinum blonde wig she’ll wear in the sequel after promising to keep them updated on “how it all comes out.” “Has Sarah disappeared?” She said, “Where is Sarah?” “There’s a sliver of Sarah here.” However, And Just Like That star cut the camera there to avoid revealing too much. “Right now, I’m not displaying anymore,” she said. “We’re just getting started.”
It’s important to note that there have been various modifications since the first rumors regarding the sequel surfaced in 2020. Though Adam Shankman (Hairspray and The Wedding Planner) was supposed to direct, he’s now serving as an executive producer while directing Disney’s twisted Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted.
Anne Fletcher, a long-time friend and colleague of Shankman is filling in for him (The Proposal and 27 Dresses). Fletcher expressed her enthusiasm for the project in a Disney+ news release, assuring fans that the sequel would have a special place in their hearts.
“I’m very pleased to be able to help bring these witches back to life, and working with my Disney friends again makes it even more meaningful,” she added. “This is a film for everyone, from the original fans to the next generation of moviegoers, and I can’t wait to get started.”
There isn’t a trailer yet since production has just recently begun. According to Disney, the video will be released on Disney’s streaming platform sometime around the scary season of 2022.
What’s The Plot Of Hocus Pocus 2?
While we might presume that someone will kindle the black flame, there is little information concerning the scenario of the impending sequel. According to MovieWeb, when the new picture was initially announced, Disney said it would be a reboot, which prompted Midler and her co-stars to lose interest in the project. Disney later clarified that the film would undoubtedly be a sequel.
In 2018, Disney published Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel, a book commemorating the film’s 25th anniversary. The novel continued the tale from the previous film, with a grown-up and married version of Max and Allison, who now had a 17-year-old daughter, Poppy. Before Halloween night was done, it was Poppy’s time to face the Sanderson sisters and beat them.
Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics, Solar Opposites) has not said if the screenplay would follow any of the alternatives outlined in the young adult book. The three confirmed cast members, seasoned professionals, have kept quiet about any information other than their delight.
Even though Midler has not divulged any specifics, she’s undoubtedly contributing to the excitement. Midler included a video titled “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover” in her annual costume gala, a fundraiser for the nonprofit New York Restoration Project, in October 2020. It featured the sisters in full costume, Dani, Max, and a slew of other big-name stars (including Meryl Streep).